Armchair General – Behind the Scenes
Click here or on the image above to see footage of the German crew escaping the King Tiger (approx 4MB)!
I didnâ€™t expect to have a job that day, apart from helping Seimon, but I was asked to be the Tigerâ€™s Kommandant, so that was a difficult decision to make! This character didnâ€™t have much to do, as the action focuses on the escaping crew for most of the shoot, but it did give me a great opportunity to compare the fighting compartment with that of the Churchill. Thereâ€™s quite a difference, I can tell you. Much more room, a much bigger gun and different stowage facilities, It was just as spooky as the Churchill with the hatches closed and a Centurian being tested on the track just 30 ft away!
All in all, a fantastic opportunity to get really close to the vehicles, and especially to get inside them! The planning and execution of the shoot was precise and thoroughly accomplished very much like a military operation, ironically! Far from being a one-man show by Seimon, it was definitely a team effort and although several of us had not met before, we worked hard to achieve the results in the time we had.