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Weaponology

2007TV-14
Weaponology takes high-tech future weapons and unlocks their family tree, tracing the roots of each one's existence. Discover what links a 19th Century Scottish pastor to the assault rifle, a seed-planting device to the machine gun, and more.
Starring
John Schwab
Genres
Adventure
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Sniper Rifles
    January 15, 2007
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Centuries of technological innovation have resulted in the creation of rifles that can kill from 2,000 yards. The history of the bullets, guns, sights, mechanisms, camouflage and tactics of sniper rifles is revealed.
  2. 2. Body Armor
    January 22, 2007
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    From medieval knights to the latest revolutionary invention called dragon skin, experts present the history of armor protection. A priest invest the first bullet-proof vest, and a pizza boy comes up with concealable body-armor.
  3. 3. Rapid Fire
    January 29, 2007
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    From the cumbersome, but deadly, Gatling gun to the lightweight, hand-held assassins of the modern battlefield, the men and the moments that developed the deadliest family of infantry weapons are profiled.
  4. 4. Artillery
    March 5, 2007
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Artillery is ever-present on the battlefield and always evolving to keep pace with warfare. From catapults to cannons, ballista to battleships, gunpowder to giant super-guns, the evolution of artillery is charted.
  5. 5. Submarines
    February 5, 2007
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Carrying nuclear missiles of unimaginable destructive power, torpedoes capable of wiping out entire fleets and special forces for clandestine missions, today's submarines are the ultimate warfare package.
  6. 5. Bomber
    February 19, 2007
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In eight decades, humans went from the invention of powered flight to the awesome stealth bomber. From bombs thrown from the cockpit to laser-guided bunker busters, these birds carry the fight to the enemy.
  7. 6. Fighter
    February 26, 2007
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The history of the most terrifying weapons in modern warfare, fighter planes, is presented. Through the development of engine power, wings, maneuverability and ejection systems, fighter jets now rule the land and sky.
  8. 6. Vertical Take-off
    February 12, 2007
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Vertical take-off aircraft are among the most versatile weapons in modern warfare. The technology was developed through advancements in engine power alongside advanced avionic, target and survival systems.
  9. 7. Booby Traps
    March 12, 2007
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Dangerous and infinitely adaptable, traps are the hidden killers of the battlefield. For millennia, they've maimed, killed and psychologically defeated the enemy. Their development is traced through centuries of global conflict.
  10. 8. Frags, Pineapples and RPGs
    March 19, 2007
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The history of portable firepower is traced. This family of weapons packs an explosive punch, but can be carried and operated by small infantry units.
  11. 9. Fire Weapons
    March 26, 2007
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Fire has become a terrifying weapon of mass destruction, burning hotter, harder and longer. Its progression is traced from the Molotov cocktail to the awesome, destructive power of today's thermobaric bombs.
  12. 10. Armored Personnel Carriers
    April 2, 2007
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Experts chart the development of some of the infantryman's best friends: dashing recon vehicles, armored personnel carrier and bristling gun trucks that protect vital convoys.
  13. 11. Tanks
    April 9, 2007
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The blazing forge of battle transformed the tank from the lumbering steel-box of 1916 into today's swift and savage hunter.

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