Military training film describing the characteristics and details of operation of the Boys MK.1 Anti Tank Rifle.

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This Walt Disney World War II-era training film opens with a brief humorous animated segment showing what happens to Adolf Hitler when his tanks are blown up by camouflaged infantrymen using anti-tank rifles. The rest of this film is a (mostly) live-action presentation of the characteristics and complete details of operation of the Boys MK.1 .55-calibre Anti Tank Rifle. Written by yortsnave

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1.37 : 1
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Peter Carter Page was the animator, the narrator, and also appeared on screen in the live-action sequences as the soldier firing the rifle. See more »

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Fascinating from a historical perspective, but really difficult to rate.
27 August 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a case where I'll withhold rating a film--mostly because it really is not the sort of thing you can score. That's because the cartoon is NOT meant for the general public and its value is quite ephemeral. It's a movie made by the Disney Studios for the Canadian government. In fact, during WWII, the studio made several films for the Canadians--all in an effort to bolster the war effort. Of course, the studio also made many cartoons for the American government at that time.

"Boys Anti-Tank Rifle" (also called "Stop That Tank") was a film made in an effort to allay the fears of men who were given this anti-tank gun. That's because it had a terrible reputation and was only effective on light tanks. Heavily armored tanks simply were too difficult for the Boys to damage. So, the film uses a bit of humor and mostly cartoon simulations of the gun as well as live footage to explain its use as well as to insist that it IS effective and useful (which, in many instances, it wasn't).

So is this film worth seeing? Well, for the average viewer, absolutely not. However, for history lovers, it's worth seeing--though certainly not a 'must-see' movie.


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