Documenting the changing face of tank warfare over the past 100 years, this fascinating documentary is not to be missed by those with an interest in military history and weapon development.
Whether being revered or reviled, no one can deny the invention of the gun has forever changed the way wars are fought and won. From humble beginnings to a weapon that has built Empires, toppled Kingdoms, and slaughtered millions, the story of the gun and how it has evolved throughout the centuries is long. But, of all the things the gun has been throughout the ages, it has never been anything less than influential.
From the moment men started building walls other men have needed a way to knock them down. The history of artillery is the history of that desire and highlights in no uncertain terms how destructive human innovation can be, from the first grenade to a cannon that fires atomic shells and more. This episode tells the story of that journey showcasing both big and the small artillery and the impact they have had on warfare.
The ability to move swiftly and strategically across the battlefield has been a deciding factor in warfare since the dawn on man. Through the ages the methods by which we move have evolved, from horses to Humvees to some of the most versatile vehicles ever built. This episode showcases that journey by highlighting some of the most influential movers ever to take to the battlefield including some of the most infamous tanks of the Second World War and more.
The ongoing battle for domination of the seas has been one of immeasurable devastation and technological innovation. Wooden hulls were encased in iron, sails replaced by some of the most powerful engines ever built, and cannons outgunned by missiles capable of toppling empires. From the most deadly submarines ever seen to the infamous destroyers of the Second World War, this episode is the story of what it takes to rule the waves.
When mankind took to the skies we took the tools of war with us. Within a century these weapons evolved from the legendary dogfighters of World War One to flying fortresses, supersonic jets, and even pilotless drones capable of destroying whole buildings… or just a single target. This episode is the story of that evolution and of mankind’s desire to fly higher, move faster, and kill better all from within the cockpit.
Since the turn of the 20th century, technology has developed exponentially... along with mankind's ability to kill on a devastating scale. Be they robotic, chemical, atomic, or nuclear, these are the ultimate killing machines showcased as they appeared throughout the last century in the final episode of the series. From chemicals so horrific their use in war today is banned to the most destructive weapons ever employed in combat… and those that thankfully have not.