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During World War II, Hitler believed that one of the keys to victory was the manufacturing of new weaponry. Germany had some of the most brilliant scientific minds of all time on their side, and the Nazis put them to work in the creation of elaborate machines of death. Though these technological innovations wouldn’t be enough to win them the war, their advancements were successful in advancing the world’s approach to war. We all know that history is written by the victors, but this month on WETA watch Nazi Mega Weapons and see the groundbreaking engineering that happened on the losing side.
In 1942, the Nazis began work on an elaborate fortification along the western coast of Europe that was meant to defend against a possible attack from Great Britain. This massive set of buildings was unlike any defensive structure that the world had ever seen, and some of Germany’s top commanders were stationed in its forts. See an in-depth look at the 3 year building process and the overall fate of the Atlantic Wall. Airs Wednesday, July 17 at 10:00pm.
Germany is well-known for their advanced U-Boat submarines that they used extensively during World War II. As the war progressed, the Nazis realized that advancements in bomb technology left their boats extremely vulnerable to aerial attack. As a result, the Germans created concrete pens that housed their submarines. These pens were very resistant to bombings, but their creation was anything but a simple process. Airs Wednesday, July 24 at 10:00pm.
Wernher von Braun was a rocket scientist who did extensive research for the Nazis during World War II. After receiving a grant from Germany, he created the prototype for what would eventually become the V-2 rocket. The V-2 eventually became extremely important to Hitler, who wanted a weapon that would be seen as a morale changer. After the war, other countries raced to recover and research the intact V-2 rockets in order to develop their own versions of this technological marvel. Airs Wednesday, July 31 at 10:00pm.
If you can’t get enough of the fascinating history behind World War II, watch the direct response to Germany’s mega weapons on NOVA: 3D Spies of WWII. As the Allies realized how powerful the new Nazi weapons were, they began an espionage expedition into German territory. Spies took photographs of potential German bases using cutting edge 3D technologies, and the photographs allowed them to interrupt German weapon development with strategic missile strikes. Witness the dangerous missions of World War II’s unsung heroes. Airs Wednesday, June 24 at 9:00pm.