The Amazing World of War Machines (2008): S01E11 – Air Defence & Surveillance – Helicopters

Introduction A military documentary showcasing military technology advances through the ages. Outline In the early 1480s, Leonardo Da Vinci designed an aerial screw. Its intended use was unknown, yet served as the inspiration for the helicopter. Developments over the years have seen the Helicopter becoming more involved in troop transport, including airlifting the wounded directly… Read More

The Amazing World of War Machines (2008): S01E10 – Rockets and Missiles

Introduction A military documentary showcasing military technology advances through the ages. Outline Rockets and guided missiles are the essential component of any military arsenal. By definition, rockets are unguided and follow the laws of physics and trajectory; whereas missiles are guided, either remotely or internally. There are many different types of missiles, including anti-tank and… Read More

The Amazing World of War Machines (2008): S01E09 – Airborne Artillery

Introduction A military documentary showcasing military technology advances through the ages. Outline In 1910 the world’s first bombing tests were carried out by the United States in a plane that barely looked as though it could carry a human being, let alone a bomb! It was not until the German Rumpler Taube rolled off the… Read More

The Amazing World of War Machines (2008): S01E08 – Fighter Aircraft

Introduction A military documentary showcasing military technology advances through the ages. Outline The first fighter aircraft were flimsy contraptions made up of wood and fabric, flown by men with fast reflexes and deadly determination. How the times have changed. Today’s fighter pilot takes control of a machine, which has doubtless cost his country millions of… Read More

The Amazing World of War Machines (2008): S01E07 – Submarines

Introduction A military documentary showcasing military technology advances through the ages. Outline Beneath the waves lurks a stealthy war machine. Capable of carrying nuclear weapons, submarines play a key role in the defence of many countries around the world today. The earliest beginnings of submarines can be traced back to the time of Alexander the… Read More

The Amazing World of War Machines (2008): S01E06 – Battleships & Flotillas

Introduction A military documentary showcasing military technology advances through the ages. Outline Another basic building block of civilisation and warfare is the ship. From the Second Millennia BC, ships were used to transport troops to battle. The Egyptians and Syrians crossed the sea to do battle, and when they were not fighting each other, they… Read More

The Amazing World of War Machines (2008): S01E05 – Tanks & Armoured Vehicles

Introduction A military documentary showcasing military technology advances through the ages. Outline The idea of tanks began as an extension of armoury, with technicians seeing the need for soldiers to traverse the battlefield while being fully protected from enemy fire. As the type of weaponry used in warfare increased in size and calibre, the type… Read More

The Amazing World of War Machines (2008): S01E04 – Fortification – Bollards to Bunkers

Introduction A military documentary showcasing military technology advances through the ages. Outline Once man moved from hunter-gatherer to crop grower and farmer, he needed somewhere permanent to live, and to protect his property. From earliest civilisation, forts, barricades and battlements were an intrinsic part of the world. Some of the oldest defensive structures still exist,… Read More

The Amazing World of War Machines (2008): S01E03 – Artillery – Bombard to Howitzer

Introduction A military documentary showcasing military technology advances through the ages. Outline The United State’s 280mm Howitzer, Atomic Annie, was first tested in 1953. It fired a 365kg fission warhead 10,000 meters, and it detonated 160 metres above the ground. Both the US and the Soviet Union have since decommissioned these tactical weapons systems. Artillery… Read More

The Amazing World of War Machines (2008): S01E02 – Rifles & Machine Guns

Introduction A military documentary showcasing military technology advances through the ages. Outline One of the fundamental pieces of military equipment is the rifle. Originally the soldier’s musket was the crucial piece of hardware in gaining ground and holding it. New, more efficient firearms included the first shotgun and the bolt-action rifle. Walter Hunt, a prolific… Read More