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 Siegfried Line (Episode #205#)
KQED 9: Wed, Apr 22, 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 Life: Mon, Apr 27, 2015 -- 9:00 PM
- KQED 9: Thu, Apr 23, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
Hitler's Megaships (Episode #204H)
KQED 9: Wed, Apr 8, 2015 -- 10:00 PM
Hitler sees the battleship as the ultimate status symbol for his new Third Reich - and orders the construction of two vessels that are bigger, more powerful and more heavily armored than anything else at sea ... but the British will stop at nothing until Hitler's new mega weapons are at the bottom of the sea.
- KQED Life: Tue, Apr 14, 2015 -- 3:00 AM
- KQED Life: Mon, Apr 13, 2015 -- 9:00 PM
- KQED World: Fri, Apr 10, 2015 -- 12:00 PM
- KQED World: Fri, Apr 10, 2015 -- 6:00 AM
- KQED 9: Thu, Apr 9, 2015 -- 4:00 AM
V1: Hitler's Vengeance Missile (Episode #201)
KQED World: Wed, Apr 8, 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: Wed, Apr 8, 2015 -- 8:00 AM
Fortress Berlin (Episode #106H)
KQED World: Tue, Apr 7, 2015 -- 2:00 AM
April 1945. Hitler is in the center of Berlin, 10 meters underground, surrounded by four-meter thick concrete walls, safe from any air attack the Allies can throw at him. But the Russians are advancing on the ground: the Red Army is lined up along the Oder River and going for the Fuhrer. Blocking the way are rings of ingenious defenses, kill zones and strong-points that have turned Berlin into a fortress. At the heart of this fortress is the Fuhrerbunker.
- KQED World: Tue, Apr 7, 2015 -- 8:00 AM