In the premiere episode, â€śIn Search of the Smart Bomb,â€ť viewers will see how the United States, brought into World War II by the attack on Pearl Harbor, struggled on how to use technology to effectively strike back with guided bombs. Initial efforts by top military and civilian minds on how to approach the problem included huge unmanned drones and bombs actually guided by animals such as pigeons, cats and bats.
Further episodes of Top Secret Weapons RevealedÂ look at the array of engineering feats drawn up by the Allied forces in â€śSecret Weapons of D-Dayâ€ť (Aug. 14) Â â€” from a floating, man-made harbor to secret weapons with curious names like â€śThe Crabâ€ť and â€śThe Flying Dustbinâ€ť â€” on which thousands of men were to depend as they landed on the shores of Normandy. Jet packs actually get a going over in the episode â€śThe Flying Soldierâ€ť (Aug. 21), as a possible solution to mobility problems on the battlefield that helicopter technology hadnâ€™t yet been able to circumvent.
Possibly most eyebrow-raising is the episode â€śNazi War Machinesâ€ť (Aug. 28), which examines how some technologies developed by Hitlerâ€™s forces, in spite of coming too late to win the war for Germany, nevertheless would emerge in later years to exert their influence on the world. From a 200-ton mega tank, a flying wing with stealth capabilities, rocket power and more, this episode will show the direct path that leads from the drafting tables of the Third Reichâ€™s engineers to the technology that would eventually land a man on the moon.
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