Innovations of War

Innovations of War

  • 2015
  • 1 Season

The Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th Century changed the concept of war and the weapons that could be created for it. Heavy machinery, mass production, and engineering advances allowed for innovative armaments that altered the outcome of battles from the American Civil War to the conflict in Vietnam.

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The New Navy
12. The New Navy
May 5, 2015
Imagine you're a third world dictator with delusions of grandeur. You've spent a good deal of your nation's gross national product on state of the art weaponry. You're thinking that might bring you increased access to shipping lanes or some useful natural resources. One morning you wake up, and see, floating offshore, in perfectly legal international waters a couple of American warships.
Top Secret
11. Top Secret
May 5, 2015
Science and the military have not always been allies. One of science's fundamental principals is that great discoveries are meant to be shared. The military believes exactly the opposite. Traditionally, science and the military have cooperated only in wartime. Then, scientific knowledge becomes a closely held secret, and money and resources pour into research that might have military significance.
Armour Knights
10. Armour Knights
May 5, 2015
No single piece of hardware dominates modern land warfare like the tank. Heavily armored, possessing devastating fire power, and highly mobile over broken terrain, it enables commanders to exploit even the smallest enemy weakness.
Mobile Artillery
9. Mobile Artillery
May 5, 2015
Many believe that it was the ominous sound of cannon fire that heralded the true end of the Middle Ages. The cannon certainly had a major impact in sieges and battles. Initially, they were prized for their ability to destroy stone walls, and thereby end sieges
Vertical Flight
8. Vertical Flight
May 5, 2015
The beginning of the 20th century saw the pioneers of vertical flight resolving many of the problems that kept their crafts from getting off the ground.
Vengeance Weapon
7. Vengeance Weapon
May 5, 2015
The first rockets were invented by the Chinese more than a thousand years ago. A byproduct of their invention of gunpowder, rockets were used to add extra flare to fireworks displays. It was inevitable that these far-reaching projectiles would eventually take on militaristic applications.
This is My Rifle
6. This is My Rifle
May 5, 2015
The longbow was the machine gun of the Middle Ages. Accurate, deadly, possessing a long range and rapid rate of fire. By the 16th century, firearms replaced bows as their potential was grasped. Edward Gibbon was to claim that gunpowder effected a new revolution in the art of war and the history of mankind, a bold but not overly fantastic claim. Gunpowder weaponry first developed in China.
Full Auto
5. Full Auto
May 5, 2015
The machine gun was to be a major killer, but, at first, did not revolutionize the battlefield. Indeed, early use of the machine gun was limited. Some of the earliest firearms and attempts at higher rates of fire and some machine gun like traits existed as early as the 16th century. However, it would not be until the mid 19th century that successful machine gun designs came into existence.
Steel Sharks
4. Steel Sharks
May 5, 2015
On the night of September 6th, 1776, a small group of men on the shore of New York Harbor silently lowered a most peculiar-looking craft named the American Turtle into the water. It carried an underwater bomb. The Turtle was not the first submarine craft, but it was the first used in war. A new age in warfare was about to be ushered in.
Rams & Rivers
3. Rams & Rivers
May 5, 2015
Although fleet or squadron operations continued an historic role, the daring of the individual still possessed the potential to destroy a Goliath. Stealth, deception, and hoax were employed alongside conventional military confrontation. On occasion, the Army's prerogatives became interchangeable with the Navy's. Soldiers attacked ships, sailors raided shore targets.
Hot Air & Hot Lead
2. Hot Air & Hot Lead
May 5, 2015
Nothing could have been more fortuitous than the timing of the Civil War's coming. At least so far as the makers of weapons were concerned. For the men who had to use and suffer by those arms, of course, it was a different story. Because only now was the nation technologically ready for a civil war.
Rails & Rams
1. Rails & Rams
May 5, 2015
The Civil War is renowned for the introduction and employment of many new weapons, including rifled artillery, machine guns, and submarines. To this list should also be added railroads. The three most important, game changing technologies of the American Civil War were the railroad, the use of the telegraph, and the development of the mini-bullet and the rifled musket.
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The Industrial Revolution of the 18th and 19th Century changed the concept of war and the weapons that could be created for it. Heavy machinery, mass production, and engineering advances allowed for innovative armaments that altered the outcome of battles from the American Civil War to the conflict in Vietnam.Innovations of War is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on May 5, 2015.

Innovations of War is available for streaming on the Mill Creek Entertainment website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Innovations of War on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu and Tubi TV.

  • Premiere Date
    May 5, 2015