Combat Machines

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  • 2018
  • 1 Season

This original and wide-ranging 8 part thematic series takes you to the heart of the action of how machines have been an essential tool throughout military history. From the remarkable engineering inventions and technological prowess through to the human craftsmanship and personal accounts of those who used them. These are the quintessential stories of the machines that changed the face of warfare.

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The Arms Race
8. The Arms Race
July 13, 2018
The Cold War was a uniquely dangerous period in human history as East and West developed weapons that could destroy the world. We look at the origins of the Arms Race and the first use of nuclear weapons that ended World War II. We examine the frantic build-up of nuclear arsenals and feature key developments like the Titan II Intercontinental Ballistic Missile and the Corona spy satellite.
Vietnam War
7. Vietnam War
July 6, 2018
The Vietnam War pitted technology against sheer determination. Nowhere was this more evident than on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The Americans used their abundance of jet fighters, helicopters, and river patrol boats to try and stop the continuous stream of supplies and fighters coming down the trail. The North Vietnamese would use their ingenuity to keep their trucks rolling while defending it.
Nuclear Near Miss
6. Nuclear Near Miss
June 29, 2018
This episode focuses on the machines on the ground that would have fought in a potential nuclear war. We tell the story of the 1961 tank standoff at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin when Soviet T-54 tanks faced off with American M-48 Patton tanks. Then we look at other machines that would have been used had that standoff resulted in all out war.
Spy Game
5. Spy Game
June 22, 2018
In any war, information about the enemy is key. In this episode, we explore the machines used to capture, transmit, and analyze vital combat information. We feature stories of brave SOE agents and their equipment, spies stealing Royal Navy blueprints, and a daring submarine mission deep in the heart of Soviet waters.
Bombs, Bridges, and Tunnels
4. Bombs, Bridges, and Tunnels
May 25, 2018
The Corps of Royal Engineers has been one of the most innovative parts of the British Army. In WWI, they invented the geophone, a device they used to detect enemy tunnelers while behind German lines. In WWII, they drove and maintained converted tanks that created bridges and cleared minefields. They even even made mobile robots that defused bombs both on foreign battlefields and British streets.
Vehicles That Liberated Europe
3. Vehicles That Liberated Europe
May 25, 2018
In WWII, machines such as tanks, ships, and aircraft received much of the glory, but there was a whole fleet of lesser-known vehicles that made victory in Europe possible. Vehicles like the Jeep and the amphibious DUKW allowed the Allies to land quickly on beaches and cross rivers en route to Berlin. We tell the story of one American GI and how he and his Harley motorbike became a legend.
The Desert Rats
2. The Desert Rats
May 18, 2018
The North African desert campaign of World War II gave rise to one of the most iconic military units of all time: the Desert Rats. These machines were used to fight the Axis forces like the Matilda II tank and Rolls Royce armored car. We analyze Rommel's Afrika Korps tactics and how they deployed the Panzer III and formidable 88mm anti-tank gun. Finally, we feature the American M3 Grant tank.
WWI: Rise of the Machines
1. WWI: Rise of the Machines
May 11, 2018
WWI was the first truly mechanized war. All sides began the conflict with strategies akin to the Napoleonic Wars, sending their troops into battle unprepared for the destructive nature of the new technologies such as Maxim machine gun and fast-firing artillery. We examine how quickly technology progressed throughout the war, from aerial photography to the first ever tank.
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This original and wide-ranging 8 part thematic series takes you to the heart of the action of how machines have been an essential tool throughout military history. From the remarkable engineering inventions and technological prowess through to the human craftsmanship and personal accounts of those who used them. These are the quintessential stories of the machines that changed the face of warfare.

Combat Machines is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on May 11, 2018.

Where to Watch Combat Machines

Combat Machines is available for streaming on the MagellanTV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Combat Machines on demand at Amazon Prime.

  • Premiere Date
    May 11, 2018