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Nazi Mega Weapons

The Siegfried Line (#205)

Five times the length of Hadrian's Wall, Hitler's Siegfried Line was one of the greatest fortifications in the history of warfare. The campaign to breach it took six months and cost the American forces close to 140,000 casualties. This is the story of the men who built it and those who gave their lives fighting to defend - and destroy - it. [56 minutes] TV-14 Closed Captioning

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Series Description: 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 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.

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  • Atlantic Wall (#101)

    The extensive system of fortifications the Nazis built on the western coast of Europe is examined. [56 minutes]

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  • U-Boat Base (#102)

    The Nazis built massive, impenetrable concrete submarine pens for their lethal U-boat submarines. [56 minutes]

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  • V2 Rocket (#103)

    The story of how German rocket scientist Werner von Braun heralded the birth of ballistic missiles. [56 minutes]

  • Super Tanks (#104)

    In a quest for world domination, the Nazis built deadly pieces of military hardware and technology. [56 minutes]

  • Jet Fighter Me262 (#105)

    The most technologically advanced plane of World War II, the Messerschmitt Me262, is explored. [56 minutes]

  • Fortress Berlin (#106)

    In April of 1945 Hitler was 10 meters underground in the center of Berlin as the Russians advanced. [56 minutes]

  • V1: Hitler's Vengeance Missile (#201)

    Hitler's Vengeance weapon, the V1, was one of the most ambitious projects of the Third Reich. [56 minutes]

  • The Wolf's Lair (#202)

    The Wolf's Lair, Hitler's heavily protected command complex of bunkers and buildings, is explored. [56 minutes]

  • The SS (#203)

    Under Heinrich Himmler's leadership the SS becomes a terrifying cult that engineers Hitler's vision. [56 minutes]

  • Hitler's Megaships (#204)

    Hitler orders the construction of two battleships that are more powerful than anything else at sea. [56 minutes]

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