Nazi Mega Weapons
In the quest for world domination, the Nazis built some of the biggest and deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history. With brilliant, dark minds and a legion of captive labor at their disposal, the Nazis believed the path to ultimate victory was to out-build and out-engineer their enemies. To them, bigger definitely meant better, and better meant more lethal. As Hitler's grip on Europe tightened, he ordered men like Wernher von Braun, Ferdinand Porsche and Alfried Krupp to build increasingly outlandish machines and structures to realize his master plan. This is World War II told from a new perspective. This 3-part series uncovers the engineering secrets of three iconic mega structures, tells the stories of the evil geniuses that designed them and reveals how these structures sparked a technological revolution that changed warfare forever.
Nazi Mega Weapons Previous Broadcasts
V2 Rocket (Episode #103H)
KQED World: Sun, Oct 16, 2016 -- 9:00 PM
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.
U-Boat Base (Episode #102H)
KQED World: Sun, Oct 9, 2016 -- 9:00 PM
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Oct 14, 2016 -- 4:00 AM
- KQED Life: Thu, Oct 13, 2016 -- 10:00 PM
Atlantic Wall (Episode #101H)
KQED World: Sun, Oct 2, 2016 -- 9:00 PM
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.
- KQED Life: Fri, Oct 7, 2016 -- 4:00 AM
- KQED Life: Thu, Oct 6, 2016 -- 10:00 PM