NOVA: Zeppelin Terror Attack
Airs Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 at 9 p.m. & Sunday, Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. on KPBS TV
Discover how the British created artillery that could take down enormous Zeppelins during WWI.
In the early days of World War I, Germany, determined to bring its British enemies to their knees, launched a new kind of terror campaign: bombing civilians from the sky.
The lethal payloads rained down from Zeppelins — enormous airships, some the length of two football fields.
With a team of engineers, explosives experts and historians, "Zeppelin Terror Attack" investigates the secrets behind these deadly war machines.
NOVA explores the technological arms race that unfolded as Britain scrambled to develop defenses that could neutralize the threat, while Germany responded with ever bigger and more powerful Zeppelins.
Why were these monsters of the sky, filled with flammable hydrogen gas, so difficult to shoot down?
Experts reconstruct and detonate deadly WWI incendiary bombs and test-fire antique flaming bullets to discover how the British devised unique artillery that would finally take down the biggest flying machines ever made.
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Produced by Ian Duncan and Johnny Shipley. Written and directed by Ian Duncan. Edited by Paul Shepard. Production Manager: Lizzie Narey. Director Of Photography: Mike Coles. Sound Recordist: Keith Rodgerson. Original music by Alasdair Reid. Narrator: Jay O. Sanders. Visual Effects: Fluid Pictures. 2D Graphics: Dinnick & Howells.