The Amazing World Of War Machines

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From gunpowder to the Gatling gun, the first tank to the latest unmanned drones, we review the mechanisms and machinery man has created to wage war. Historical achievements through to modern day technologies are examined as we travel land, sea and air in this comprehensive, fascinating chronological journey of war machines.
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English [CC]
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English

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  1. 1. Flint & Steel
    December 31 2008
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    The history of armed conflict is intrinsically tied to the history of civilization and Man's quest for the basic things in life. Over the centuries those weapons ranged from bow and arrows to armor, swords and chain mail. But one technological development left them all behind - the invention of gunpowder. Since then, the advances in weaponry have been both awe-inspiring, and frightening.
  2. 2. Rifles & Machine Guns
    December 31 2008
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    One of the fundamental pieces of military equipment is the rifle. Originally the soldier's musket was the crucial piece of hardware in gaining ground and holding it. New, more efficient firearms included the first shotgun and the bolt-action rifle. Walter Hunt, a prolific inventor, would be the man to come up with the idea of a "magazine" for easier loading of semi-automatic and automatic weapons.
  3. 3. Artillery - Bombard to the Howitzer
    December 31 2008
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    The United State's 280mm Howitzer, Atomic Annie, was first tested in 1953. It fired a 365kg fission warhead 10,000 meters, and it detonated 160 meters above the ground. Both the US and the Soviet Union have since decommissioned these tactical weapons systems. Artillery itself has a long and distinguished history going back through time to the dawn of gunpowder.
  4. 4. Fortification - Bollards to Bunkers
    December 31 2008
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    Once man moved from hunter-gatherer to crop grower and farmer, he needed somewhere permanent to live, and to protect his property. From earliest civilization, forts, barricades and battlements were an intrinsic part of the world. Some of the oldest defensive structures still exist, and date back to the days of Assyria, Egypt and Greece.
  5. 5. Tanks & Armored Vehicles
    December 31 2008
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    The idea of tanks began as an extension of armory, with technicians seeing the need for soldiers to traverse the battlefield while being fully protected from enemy fire. As the type of weaponry used in warfare increased in size and caliber, the type of armor required became too heavy and cumbersome, and so the advent of the tank was welcomed by armies worldwide.
  6. 6. Battleships & Flotillas
    December 31 2008
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    Another basic building block of civilization and warfare is the ship. From the Second Millennia BC, ships were used to transport troops to battle. The Egyptians and Syrians crossed the sea to do battle, and when they weren't fighting each other, they would use their vessels for trade, exploration and probably a little piracy! From the 7th and 6th centuries B.C, formal navies appeared.
  7. 7. Submarines
    December 31 2008
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    Beneath the waves lurks a stealthy war machine. Capable of carrying nuclear weapons, submarines play a key role in the defense of many countries around the world today. The earliest beginnings of submarines can be traced back to the time of Alexander the Great in 323 B.C. In 1776 American inventor David Bushnell designed and constructed the first military submarine.
  8. 8. Fighter Aircraft
    December 31 2008
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    The first fighter aircraft were flimsy contraptions made up of wood and fabric, flown by men with fast reflexes and deadly determination. How the times have changed. Today's fighter pilot takes control of a machine, which has doubtless cost his country millions of dollars to build.
  9. 9. Airborne Artillery
    December 31 2008
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    In 1910 the world's first bombing tests were carried out by the United States in a plane that barely looked as though it could carry a human being, let alone a bomb! It wasn't until the German Rumpler Taube rolled off the production line in 1911 that planes were first used in combat. Zeppelins were also popular for their bomb-carrying capacity and ability to fly over long distances.
  10. 10. Rockets and Missiles
    December 31 2008
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    Rockets and guided missiles are the essential component of any military arsenal. By definition, rockets are unguided and follow the laws of physics and trajectory; whereas missiles are guided, either remotely or internally. There are many different types of missiles, including anti-tank and anti-aircraft missiles, surface to air missiles, and ballistic missiles.
  11. 11. Air Defense & Surveillance - Helicopters
    December 31 2008
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    In the early 1480s, Leonardo Da Vinci designed an aerial screw. Its intended use was unknown, yet served as the inspiration for the helicopter. Developments over the years have seen the Helicopter becoming more involved in troop transport, including airlifting the wounded directly to hospitals. Today's attack Helicopters show the versatility of this war machine.
  12. 12. Nuclear Weapons
    December 31 2008
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    Since the end of World War II, when the United States dropped the A-bomb on Japan, and the advent of the Cold War, the threat of nuclear destruction has never seemed far away. Although in recent times attempts have been made to slow or even stop nuclear proliferation, countries such as North Korea, China and Pakistan have continued to develop and test their own missiles.
  13. 13. NBC2 (Nuclear, Biological and Chemical) / Future War
    December 31 2008
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    NBC - Nuclear, Biological and Chemical - are the three weapons of mass destruction. The latter two have been used extensively throughout history in warfare. Bio-weapons have generally been taken from nature, although there have been attempts to manufacture them. Chemical weapons fall into four main categories according to which bodily system they effect: Nerve, Blood, Lung and Skin.

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Film Ideas, Inc.
Producers
World Wide Ent.
Season year
2008
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Film Ideas, Inc.
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3.7 out of 5 stars

268 global ratings

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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on January 19, 2017
2.0 out of 5 stars
Unremarkable
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To me, this series just regurgitated information that has already been presented, with nothing new or remarkable at any point. To be fair, there weren't any egregious errors; the information provided was accurate enough, but this series gives the appearance of a quickly thrown together attempt to reuse the same old stock footage we've been seeing since The World at War and any one of a dozen military channel shows, mated with uninspired voiceover. All for the purpose of giving basic cable another way to fill a program day.
You can easily do better.
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Pyrochronastic FlowReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
You! Better watch out! Cuz I'm ah....
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Really cool info doc on all the amazing war machines out there.. I recall when Eisenhower warned us way back when about coming under the influence of the industrialized military complex.. So while its neat to see all this stuff.. and you kind of realize .. I'm glad USA has this and not some nut job in the middle east... it does leave you with a sort of .. gee, I like this.. but I hate that this exists feeling. Sure, this death machines are neat to observe.. until you realize its all about killing other humans like you... Why can't we all get along, like mister Rodney lamented so long ago..? Well, probably because of money really.
Old TomReviewed in the United States on February 20, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Surpisingly Accurate! Watch and enjoy!
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If there is one thing that bothers me about "history channel" type programs, it is the self-assured way the narators read obviously erroneous content written by 2nd year english majors hired to write about a subject of which they know NOTHING. This program is different. Care has been given to research and editing by writers who care about accuracy. The film clips are also accurate representations of the narator's script. There are a few, small mistakes but nothing that glaring. This series is worth watching by both newbies and old weapons-geeks like me.
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djecoedReviewed in the United States on June 23, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nice series for military history buffs
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This series presents the history of a number of devices of war--small arms, artillery. ships, and fighter planes to name some. There's some overlap and occasionally they seem to gloss over some pretty important things. But overall the episodes are nicely done. They provide a brief yet comprehensive history of one type of .military device. The narration is clear and the pace is pleasant. If you have an interest in the devices of war, it's well worth your time.
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Gambit3leReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
A different perspective on weapons that made the world what it is today.
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This series is incredibly informative. Unfortunately, it is also a bit dry, sometimes confusing, and unabashedly British. If you are an American, like me, you will learn that the British also think that they invented everything first. National pride aside, this is an interesting series about the machines created by man to kill each other more easily. These weapons are both the pinnacle of our technology, and a celebration of our ongoing agreement to disagree with each other, violently
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matt huebnerReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very informative. I do object to the classification in ...
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Very informative. I do object to the classification in episode 10. The usage suggested is rockets are unguided and missiles are guided, then proceeds to introduce ballistic as a category for missiles. Ballistic is often used in discussing the trajectories of bullets, whose flights are controlled by gravity, aerodynamics and the motion of the Earth beneath them.
AvocadoReviewed in the United States on February 6, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Nuclear weapons
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We were studying North Korea and this came up in the search. We watched the episode about nuclear weapons. This was very informative and explained how the weapons are made along with the dangers and destruction they can cause. I personally would say it's for about 13 and up just because younger might be disturbed by the thought that this actually happened and could happen again. (It disturbs me and I'm 41)
Pro2AGuyReviewed in the United States on October 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well Done Weapons of War Documentary
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Really nice traditional documentary style programs that aren't laden with tons of stupid loud music, explosions and your seemingly standardization of turning docs into hollywood productions. Nothing beats the traditional, well done documentaries when intelligence was all that was required to appreciate with no need for bells and whistles...
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