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(These were made for TV under a series called Heroes & Weapons of World War II.)
WEAPONS OF WORLD WAR II
10 x 24 mins
In the annals of 20th Century warfare, World War II saw the sharpest and most dramatic rise in the design, manufacture and effectiveness of some of the world's most lethal weaponry.
It saw 55,000 ton battleships become obsolete in the space of 5 years. It saw the emergence of the aircraft carrier become the most potent weapons platform the world had ever seen. It saw the emergence of rocketry with designs for missiles which could be fired from Germany to reach New York. It saw the introduction of tank warfare from lightweight underpowered vehicles of 1939 to the prototype of Dr Porche's 65-ton monster - "The Maus".
In artillery terms, World War II produced everything from the hand-held rocket launcher to the 26-mile range railway gun. In aircraft design, it took the biplane fighter of 1939 to the 600 mph jet fighter of Willi Messerschmitt. It took bomb design from the 250lb "dumb" bombs to the 10 ton "Tallboy" with its titanium screwed nose which could penetrate the armoured deck of the "Tirpitz" from a height of 15,000 feet. It saw twin-engined aircraft carrying 200lb bombs increase in just 5 years to the pressurised giant "B29" which bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Advances were made in other fields too. Tracked vehicles, basic army trucks, handguns, rifles, machine guns and all forms of infantry weapons underwent dramatic development during these 5 crucial years. Whilst enormous advances were also made in the development of the remote weapons such as the homing torpedo and its sophisticated counter measures.
Dramatic advances in the accuracy of the bombsight carried the war to countless innocent civilians whilst ultra sophisticated technological weapons bombed dams and damaged U-boat pens.
In 1939, the world went to war with most countries using obsolete weaponry. Even Germany's Panzer armies still relied on horse-drawn transport equipment. In order to gain supremacy it was necessary for an army of designers, inventors and manufacturers to develop and implement the manufacture of more and more sophisticated killing machines and in this new series "WEAPONS OF WORLD WAR II" the development of each weapon system is addressed from the outbreak of war through to its 1945 peak.
Weapons - Programme 8
Rockets had a huge impact on World War II. Hand-held rocket-launchers such as the American bazooka and German panzerfaust enabled infantry to tackle tanks head-on. Multiple rocket launchers such as Stalin's Organ were a ferocious multiplication of firepower. The German V-2s were the world's first ballistic missiles. This programme shows exactly how these revolutionary weapons worked.
Weapons - Programme 9
FAST ATTACK BOATS
Fast patrol boats, armed with torpedoes and machine guns, were the marine raiders of World War II. This programme looks at some of their most spectacular raids, as well as the incident involving future President of the United States, John Kennedy, in a clash with a Japanese destroyer.
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