The Tank Museum | The Tank Story Audio Tour

The Tank Story Audio Tour

Let David Fletcher, Tank Museum Historian and the world's leading expert on armoured warfare, take you on an audio tour of our principal exhibition; The Tank Story.

bovtm_david_flectcher (ID 52702)Follow in David's footsteps on a 100 year journey through the history of armoured warfare. As he examines each of the 36 vehicles in this unique exhibition, you'll discover more about these most significant machines and the men that fought in them.

Over his 30 year association with The Tank Museum, David has made an enormous contribution to the military vehicle heritage community, and is highly regarded for his work across the globe.

The tours were recorded by The Tank Museum Archive & Library Department and offer a swift yet detailed tour through the 50,000sqft Tank Story Hall.

This page contains audio files that you can download on to your computer or mp3 player to listen to now, or on your tour of The Tank Museum.

Part 1 - The First World War

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In this section of the tour David discusses the invention of the tank and the evolution of mechanized warfare from static trench warfare. The tour starts with Little Willie - the world's first tank.

Part 2 - The Inter War Period

bovtm_inter_war (ID 52705)Running time: 5:53 File Size: 5.39MB File Format: MP3


In this section of the tour David will guide you through one of the most traumatic and significant changes in the history of the British Army - the mechanization and armouring of the cavalry regiments.

Part 3 - The Fall of France

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In this section of the tour David finds himself in France during the summer of 1940. He is surrounded by the tanks that played a role in the first land campaign of World War 2.

Part 4 - The Western Desert

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In this section of the tour David will be looking at one of the great arenas of armoured warfare - The Western Desert. Discussing the vehicles that fought there, he will stop to examine the famous Tiger tank.

Part 5 - The Eastern Front

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In this section of the tour David talks about two tanks that often came face to face with each other. Hear David describe why the Russian T34 and German Panther tank were considered two of the best tanks of World War 2.

Part 6 - Invasion and Liberation

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In this section of the tour David walks around a number of vehicles spanning an area from the Normandy Beaches, across North West Europe and finally ending at the Fall of Berlin - this section includes a look at the deadly Sherman Firefly.

Part 7 - Korea & the Cold War

bovtm_korea_cold_war (ID 52707)Running time: 7:14 File Size: 6.61MB File Format: MP3


In this section of the tour David brings us into the start of the Cold War by looking at the vehicles that fought in The Korean and Vietnam conflicts - including the last ever Churchill tank off the production line.

Part 8 - The Cold War & Iraq

bovtm_cold_war_gulf (ID 52701)Running time: 9:07 File Size: 8.34MB File Format: MP3


In this final section David brings the audio tour to a close by looking at the vehicles of the leading protagonists of the Cold War. This tour concludes with a look at the British Army's current main battle tank - Challenger II.

Audio/Podcast downloads can be listened to...

At your computer:
Left mouse click the podcast Audio link and the file will be launched in your default mp3 player.
Alternatively download the mp3 audio file and listen on your computer speakers or headphones.

To download to a...
Internet Explorer
right-mouse click on the podcast Audio link and select Save target as.
Firefox users right-mouse click on the link and choose Save Link As.
When the podcast download is complete open Explorer and navigate to the mp3 file, left double-click on the file and it will start playing in the default media player.

Hold down the Control key and click on the podcast Audio link.
Safari users choose Download Linked File or Save Linked File to.
Firefox users choose Save Link As.
Internet Explorer users select Download link to disk.
Netscape users select Save Link As and choose Format – Source.
When the podcast download is complete please navigate to the mp3 file, then click on the file and it will start playing in your default media player.

Download the mp3 audio file (instructions same as above) and copy it to your mp3 player to enjoy whenever and wherever you want.

In the Museum:
Bring your mp3 player along to the museum and listen whilst you look at the exhibits.