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Intersting but mixed quality
on January 8, 2015
In terms of nuts and bolts of the weapons systems, the series is very interesting. As history, it's mixed quality. The V-2 episode interviewed one rather infamous nutty guy who is not respected in the history field at all. I just watched the V-1 episode in season 2, and it is typical. There is a lot of good information about how the V-1 worked, but it makes grandiose claims about how original it was, ignoring many earlier cruise missiles as early as 1916 (Sperry, Kettering). It fails to say anything about the extraordinary anti-aircraft technology that made the V-1 virtually useless -- a 90% kill rate by the time the assault on Antwerp began. The research is narrow and the series sometimes interviews people with questionable expertise.
The series is fun and interesting, but it also promotes a lasting misconception that the Germans were radically superior. You could easily have a series about Allied mega weapons -- the proximity fuze, the SCR-584, the M-9 gun director, the B-29, the a-bomb. It's something of a cliché to talk about Nazi engineer as if it were almost magical.