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Weapons of World War II, 1, Tanks
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directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 1 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 24 mins
Tank development was dramatic in World War II. From pre-war light tanks, we see the emergence of the monster tanks such as the legendary Panthers and King Tigers of 1944/45. But were the German tanks over engineered and too vulnerable to breakdown? Lighter, simpler tanks such as the Russian T-34 and the American S...
directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 1 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 24 mins
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Weapons of World War II, 2, Midget Submarines
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directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 2 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 24 mins
From attacks on Pearl Harbor and Sydney Harbour, to the British Mediterranean Fleet and the Tirpitz, midget submarines played their part in some of the most gripping stories of the war. This programme recalls the heroic encounters of the men who piloted these midget craft towards their giant quarries.
directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 2 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 24 mins
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Weapons of World War II, 3, Gliders
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directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 3 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 24 mins
When it was impossible for aircraft to land safely on enemy territory, gliders were the perfect answer for delivering special forces behind enemy lines. German paratroopers used gliders spectacularly to land on Belgian defences in 1940, while the British employed them to land soldiers in their effort to win a brid...
directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 3 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 24 mins
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Weapons of World War II, 4, Aircraft Carriers
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directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 4 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 24 mins
Giant aircraft carriers dominated the Pacific War between Japan and the USA. Pearl Harbor was launched to destroy US carriers but failed, while the battle of Midway - the turning point in the Pacific War - was won by US carriers delivering tremendous air strikes against Japanese battleships.This programme shows th...
directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 4 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 24 mins
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Weapons of World War II, 5, Fighter Bombers
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directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 5 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 24 mins
By 1944, the Allied fronts in both western and eastern Europe had become faster moving and a new form of aircraft was needed to deliver swift, powerful attacks against German lines.This programme looks at the key fighter-bombers on all sides, including the American Thunderbolt, the Russian Sturmovik, and the Briti...
directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 5 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 24 mins
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Weapons of World War II, 6, Heavy Bombers
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directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 6 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 24 mins
At the outbreak of World War II, the only heavy four engined bombers in the war were either Russian or American. Soon the Short Stirling, the Avro Lancaster, and the Liberator were added to the B-17 Flying Fortress for devastating 1000 bomber raids over Germany. Ultimately, the pressurised B-29 gave the Americans...
directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 6 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 24 mins
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Weapons of World War II, 7, The Battleship
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directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 7 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 24 mins
At the beginning of World War II, battleships were seen as the key weapon at sea, their huge firepower dominated the waves but over the next six years their vulnerability was exposed by the submarine and aircraft.This programme looks at the great clashes of the ships such as Bismarck and King George V and the way...
directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 7 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 24 mins
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Weapons of World War II, 8, Rockets
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directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 8 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 24 mins
Rockets had a huge impact on World War II. Hand-held rocket-launchers such as the American bazooka and German panzerfaust enabled infantry to tackle tanks head-on. Multiple rocket launchers such as Stalin's Organ were a ferocious multiplication of firepower. The German V-2s were the world's first ballistic missile...
directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 8 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 24 mins
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Weapons of World War II, 9, The Machine Gun
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directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 9 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 25 mins
Unlike World War I, the machine gun did not dominate the battlefield of World War II, but it remained a highly potent weapon. Whether incorporated into the wings of fighter planes such as the Spitfire and Messerschmitt, or used by infantry on the battlefield as a submachine, it packed a considerable punch.This pro...
directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 9 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 25 mins
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Weapons of World War II, 10, Fast Attack Boats
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directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 10 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 25 mins
Fast patrol boats, armed with torpedoes and machine guns, were the marine raiders of World War II.This programme looks at some of their most spectacular raids, as well as the incident involving future President of the United States, John Kennedy, in a clash with a Japanese destroyer.
directed by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010; produced by Jonathan Martin, fl. 1990-2010, in Weapons of World War II, 10 (London, England: BBC Worldwide, 2003, originally published 2003), 25 mins
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