Nazi Mega Weapons
Airs Wednesdays, July 17-31, 2013 & April 30-May 14, 2014 at 10 p.m. on KPBS TV
Monday, April 28, 2014
This series originally aired in 2013, and now three new episodes have been released, and will air Wednesdays, April 30 - May 14, 2014.
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.
Episode One: "Atlantic Wall" aired 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 Base" aired July 24, 2013 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" aired 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.
Episode Four (NEW!): "Super Tanks" airs Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 10 p.m. - Hitler’s megalomaniacal impulses led him to demand the construction of the largest tank the world had ever seen – a mobile fortress weighing 180 tons. But even this colossus couldn’t satisfy Hitler’s thirst for enormous weapons of war, as he went on to request a land battleship weighing 1,000 tons. This is the story of the Nazi engineers tasked with fulfilling that dream, and an arms race that resulted in the evolution of super-guns and tanks.
Episode Five (NEW!): "Jet Fighter Me262" airs Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 10 p.m. - Explore the most technologically advanced plane of World War II, the Messerschmitt Me262, a fighter jet that inspired a revolution in aerial warfare. Learn the remarkable story of an awe-inspiring aircraft, the subterranean bat-cave where it was built and the battle for air supremacy that decided the fate of the war.
Episode Six (NEW!): "Fortress Berlin" airs Wednesday, May 14, 2014 at 10 p.m. - April 1945. Hitler is in the center of Berlin, 10 meters underground, surrounded by four-meter thick concrete walls, safe from any air attack the Allies can throw at him. But the Russians are advancing on the ground — the Red Army is lined up along the Oder River and going for the Führer. Blocking the way are rings of ingenious defenses, kill zones and strong-points that have turned Berlin into a fortress. At the heart of this fortress is the Führerbunker.