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Discover the technology that drives military conflicts
On land, at sea, and in the air, the story of modern warfare is the story of weapons races. This series looks at eight of these high-stakes contests. Featuring informative expert commentaries by renowned military analysts, archival footage, and illuminating graphics, it shows how technological advances have transformed warfare in today’s world.
Follow the weapons races as they pass through the two world wars, Korea and Vietnam, the Cold War, and the various conflicts of the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, right up to the 21st century. Trace the stages of each race, from original concept and early breakthroughs to enemy countermeasures and current state of the art. Finally, learn how innovators have pushed the technological limits--of speed, endurance, maneuverability, range, accuracy, and firepower--to produce the killing machines of today.
Since 1990, the British team of Philip Nugus and Jonathan Martin has created popular, critically acclaimed historical documentaries, including Hitler’s Bodyguard and The Century of Warfare.
Biographies of notable weapons innovators
Plus a timeline and discussion questions at athenalearning.com
Top Customer Reviews
Being born just after WWII, I've lived through the creation of many of these weapon machines. It is nostalgic to see the footage (excellent though often B/W film) of the beginning of most of the weapons. It brings back TV news coverage. The historic account of the developments brought many surprises as well. Declassified material can now be shown. Even some failures. Spying exposed. WWI through to the 21st Century. This would not be high on the "entertainment" DVD shelf, but for historic military interest is is a huge success.
2 U.S. Military Analysts (Thomas Hammers) (John Gresham, also a writer of this series) join Eric Meyers who narrates behind the scenes of a continual barrage of weapon footage, war action, and graphic pieces. Archival footage from Brit, US, Nazi, Russian, Japan, Germany, Iraq, Africa, Israel and more. Impressive!
8 50-min episodes, each a different weapon, each has SUBTITLES.
1 THE RACE FOR THE JET FIGHTER 1st dogfight to the F-22 Raptor (U.S.)
2 THE RACE FOR THE BATTLE TANK 1916 WWI trenches & Brit. Mark 1 to U.S. M1A2 Abrams
3 THE RACE FOR RADAR AND STEALTH WWII Brit.Read more ›
Each episode is expertly crafted to take the viewer from the beginnings of the weapons--the precursors and influences--and track it through its growth in the combat field. For example, you'll see the trailblazing fighter planes from World War I, with all of their fancy advances like guns that can fire through the propeller, which culminate in the hot new jet fighters of 2006 that can blow up the Death Star.
Every installment features interviews with experts and historians, archive footage of the old versions of the weapons, updated footage of their badass descendants and helpful graphics outlining how the machines have evolved. Good stuff recommended for the military buff in your family.
Simple DVDs: full frame, 2.0 stereo, and text-only biographies of various weapons inventors.
-Full review at dvdverdict.com