Perfect Storms

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  • 2014
  • 1 Season
  • 7.3  (80)

A cyclone that stopped the Roman Army cold. A hurricane and "dragon twist" that wiped out major cities. A supervolcano that triggered the Dark Ages. These are history's perfect storms, forces of nature that impacted us in ways far beyond the havoc they wreaked.

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Hitler's Frozen Army
6. Hitler's Frozen Army
January 4, 2015
It's December 1941, two months into Operation Typhoon, Hitler's all-out attack on Russia. To this point, the Nazi's appear unstoppable. The Soviets are on the verge of collapse when a surprising ally comes to their aid: "rasputitsa", or mud season. See how heavy rains followed by a brutal Russian winter slowed the German attack to a muddy crawl, greatly impacting the Battle of Moscow and perhaps the outcome of World War II.
The Lost Legions
5. The Lost Legions
December 28, 2014
In the middle of the 6th century, the greatest volcanic catastrophe in human history rocked Central America and set off a lethal chain of events, from climate change to famine to the Bubonic plague. How could one volcano have such a cataclysmic effect? Follow experts in environmental hazards and historians as they investigate the eruption that smothered the planet with billions of tons of ash and witness what this history-shattering event was like for the unfortunate civilizations that were hit by this perfect storm.
Fire Twister
4. Fire Twister
December 21, 2014
September 1, 1923. Japan is hit by its worst earthquake ever, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale. Within seconds, the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama are leveled, but their troubles are only beginning. Relive the Great Kanto Earthquake, a perfect storm of catastrophic events, including a landslide, a firestorm and a monstrous force of nature called a "dragon twist," a tornado of fire that would help claim 140,000 lives in just minutes. Then see how this disaster shaped the destiny of a nation and changed the course of the 20th century.
The Great Galveston Hurricane
3. The Great Galveston Hurricane
December 14, 2014
In 1900, Galveston, Texas was rocked by a hurricane that killed more people than all other storms to strike the U.S. for the next century combined. Anywhere from 6,000-12,000 were killed in a deadly collision of natural forces caused by an official's mistaken belief that a storm of such magnitude could never strike his city. Relive the catastrophic events when the jewel in the crown of Texas was obliterated, and see how the lessons learned from that catastrophe helped Galveston properly prepare for Hurricane Ike 108 years later.
Dark Age Volcano
2. Dark Age Volcano
December 7, 2014
The year is 9 A.D., and Rome is attempting to add Germania to its mighty empire, but they're up against two powerful forces, a well-trained army of barbarians and a cyclonic storm of unfathomable fury. Enter the dark Teutoburg Forest, where three Roman legions, 16,000 men strong, fell victim to treacherous terrain, guerilla tactics, and a violent monsoon. This catastrophic defeat would deplete Rome of most of its army, create a boundary between Latin and Germanic Europe that exists to this day, and change the course of history.
God's Wrath
1. God's Wrath
November 30, 2014
See how a triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and firestorm brought down an empire and changed history.
Description

A cyclone that stopped the Roman Army cold. A hurricane and "dragon twist" that wiped out major cities. A supervolcano that triggered the Dark Ages. These are history's perfect storms, forces of nature that impacted us in ways far beyond the havoc they wreaked. Perfect Storms is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on November 30, 2014.

Where to Watch Perfect Storms

Perfect Storms is available for streaming on the Smithsonian Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Perfect Storms on demand at Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    November 30, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (80)