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
Hitler's Megaships (Episode #204H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 26, 2017 -- 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: Fri, Jan 27, 2017 -- 4:00 AM
The SS (Episode #203H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 19, 2017 -- 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 Life: Fri, Jan 20, 2017 -- 4:00 AM
The Eagle's Nest (Episode #303H)
KQED 9: Tue, Jan 10, 2017 -- 10:00 PM
Investigate Hitler's mountain power house. Home to a Nazi elite, it became a labyrinth of underground tunnels, bunkers and secret escape routes, crowned by the awe-inspiring Eagle's Nest.
- KQED 9: Wed, Jan 11, 2017 -- 4:00 AM
The Wolf's Lair (Episode #202H)
KQED Life: Thu, Jan 5, 2017 -- 10:00 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: Fri, Jan 6, 2017 -- 4:00 AM
Hitler's Killer Subs (Episode #302H)
KQED World: Sun, Jan 1, 2017 -- 9:00 PM
In the first years of WWII, Germany crushes its enemies in a series of offensives coined "Blitzkrieg" or "Lightning War." Stuka bombers blast a path though enemy lines, then Panzer divisions cut through defenses. Together they're unstoppable.