This four-part series explores the key technological advances that have defined ground warfare through the ages. From the gladius to the AK-47, from the chariot to the tank, from the trebuchet to the howitzer and from the battle ramp to the star fort, this film follows the punch and counterpunch of battle tactics and new technologies. With classic examples like the stirrup and lesser known innovations like the gunner's quadrant, the series reveals how even the smallest innovations can have a wide-ranging effect on the way wars are fought. Individual episodes explore the development of the soldier and his weapons; movement in the combat zone; the evolution of artillery; and battlefield engineering.
Ground War Previous Broadcasts
Firepower (Episode #103H)
KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 28, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
Tracks the development of artillery from the ancient Greeks through the invention of gunpowder in China, to the very latest generation of big guns and directed-energy weapons.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 29, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
Battlefield Mobility (Episode #102H)
KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 21, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
Explores mobility on the battlefield and the never-ending challenge to maximize effectiveness and find the right balance of protective armor, speed, mobility and firepower.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 22, 2013 -- 5:00 AM
Warrior Weapons (Episode #101H)
KQED Plus: Mon, Jan 14, 2013 -- 11:00 PM
This episode traces the evolution of soldiers and their gear.
- KQED Plus: Tue, Jan 15, 2013 -- 5:00 AM