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Ground War

Ground War

Completing the trilogy that began with "Warship" and "Warplane," this series explores the key technological advances that have defined ground warfare through the ages. From the gladius to the AK-47, from the chariot to the tank, from the trebuchet to the howitzer, and from the battle ramp to the star fort, "Ground War" follows the punch and counterpunch of battle tactics and new technologies. With classic examples like the stirrup and lesser known innovations like the gunner's quadrant, the series reveals how even the smallest innovations can have a wide-ranging effect on the way wars are fought. Individual episodes explore the development of the soldier and his weapons; movement in the combat zone; the evolution of artillery; and battlefield engineering.

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  • Warrior Weapons (1 of 4) (#101)

    Traces the evolution of soldiers and their gear, from Alexander the Great to wearable exoskeletons. [56 minutes]

  • Battlefield Mobility (2 of 4) (#102)

    Explores the challenge of maximizing protective armor, speed, mobility and firepower on battlefield. [56 minutes]

  • Firepower (#103)

    The development of artillery, from ancient Greeks to the latest guns and directed-energy weapons. [56 minutes]

  • Command and Control (#104)

    A look at the ways armies have used or modified the terrain of the battlefield to their advantage. [56 minutes]

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