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
The SS (Episode #203H)
KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 20, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
As Hitler's power grows within Nazi Germany, so does that of the SS. From its humble beginnings as Hitler's personal body guard, the SS under the leadership of Heinrich Himmler becomes a terrifying cult that engineers Hitler's vision for a new Germany. By the start of the war, the SS holds sway in politics, police and security and is responsible for the creation of the concentration camps. Its power, influence and terror spread with the creation of a military wing: the Waffen SS. By the end of the war, the SS has grown into a machine that controls of every aspect of the Third Reich and brutally disposes of any opposition to Hitler.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 21, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
The Wolf's Lair (Episode #202H)
KQED Life: Mon, Sep 14, 2015 -- 9:00 PM
As European countries fall like dominoes to the all-conquering German armies, Hitler becomes convinced of his own military genius. He plans to invade Russia and orders the construction of a huge, heavily protected command complex of bunkers and buildings named the Wolf's Lair. But as he isolates himself in his concrete city, the war begins to slip from his grasp and a conspiracy is hatched to make the secret base his tomb.
- KQED Life: Tue, Sep 15, 2015 -- 3:00 AM
The Siegfried Line (Episode #205H)
KQED Plus: Sun, Sep 13, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
In 1938, shrouded in secrecy, the German Army starts work on fortifications to secure Germany's western border with France. Designed to protect the Fatherland, the immense, deadly concrete belt of bunkers, anti-tank traps, minefields, gun emplacements and road blocks is five times the length of Hadrian's Wall.
- KQED Plus: Mon, Sep 14, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
V1: Hitler's Vengeance Missile (Episode #201)
KQED World: Tue, Sep 1, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
In retaliation for devastating Allied bombing raids on German cities, Hitler orders the development of a groundbreaking weapon. This is the story of one of the most ambitious projects of the Third Reich: Hitler's Vengeance weapon, the V1. Though it was ready too late to make a difference to the outcome of the war, its legacy is the cruise missile - a weapon that changed the face of war forever.
- KQED World: Tue, Sep 1, 2015 -- 8:00 AM