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Nazi Megaweapons

Airs Wednesdays, July 17-31, 2013 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: A scene from NAZI MEGAWEAPONS "V2 Rocket (w.t.)"

In a quest for world domination, the Nazis built some of the biggest and deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history. This new series recounts World War II from a unique new perspective, uncovering the engineering secrets of iconic megastructures, telling the stories of the engineers who designed them and revealing how these structures sparked a technological revolution that changed warfare forever.

Courtesy of Darlow Smithson Productions

A scene from NAZI MEGAWEAPONS "Atlantic Wall(w.t.)"

Courtesy of Darlow Smithson Productions

A scene from NAZI MEGAWEAPONS "U-Boat Pens (w.t.)"

Courtesy of Darlow Smithson Productions

A scene from NAZI MEGAWEAPONS "V2 Rocket (w.t.)"

Episode One: "Atlantic Wall" airs July 17, 2013 at 10 p.m. - To protect occupied Europe from an Allied invasion, Hitler demanded the construction of a defensive wall stretching thousands of kilometers from France in the south to Norway in the north.

This is the story of how this vast engineering project sucked in huge quantities of raw materials and men from all over the Third Reich … and faced its ultimate test on D-Day.

Episode Two: "U-Boat Pens" airs July 24 at 10 p.m. - To create a haven in port for their lethal U-boat submarines, the Nazis built massive, impenetrable concrete submarine pens.

Structures too immense to be hidden, they were constructed to withstand direct hits from even the biggest Allied bombs. Such was their size and strength that these pens survive today, a testament to their engineering.

Episode Three: "V2 Rocket" airs July 31, 2013 at 10 p.m. - The first ever long-range rockets were designed and built by the Nazis in a network of top-secret research labs, underground silos and hi-tech launch pads.

This is the story of how scientist Werner von Braun heralded the birth of ballistic missiles and laid the technological foundations for the space race.

Additional episodes of NAZI MEGAWEAPONS will air at a later date - TBD.

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In a quest for world domination, the Nazis built some of the biggest and deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history. This new series recounts World War II from a unique new perspective, uncovering the engineering secrets of iconic megastructures, telling the stories of the engineers who designed them.

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Nazi Mega Weapons: Atlantic Wall Preview

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