Japan's Warrrior Code+
June 1944. The Japanese are in retreat across the Pacific. Now, at the island of Saipan, they face a pivotal battle. If they lose, a deadly new American weapon - the B-29 long-range bomber - will be within range of Japan for the first time. But the Empire believes a mighty weapon of its own will win the battle - a deep-rooted tradition of aggression and sacrifice in battle. Can the Japanese warrior mindset prevail?
Japan's Island of Death+
September 1944. The Japanese have suffered catastrophic defeats across the Pacific. Wasting men in a futile attempt to expel the enemy at the beach is no longer viable if they are to protect the Home Islands. On Peleliu the Japanese build an island-wide defensive megastructure that creates a killing zone unprecedented in the Pacific. What unfolds is one of the most brutal battles of World War Two. Americans are killed in their thousands.
This is the story of Japan's final months of world war two. When America threatens to invade, the Japanese turn their country into a fortress and unleash a terrifying new weapon, suicide bombers. With surrender not an option, the Japanese prepare for the ultimate showdown on home soil. They plan to mobilise the entire country. Civilians must be ready to fight in hand-to-hand combat.
The extraordinary story of how Japan planned and carried out the surprise air attack on the US Navy in Hawaii. From Admiral Yamamoto's bold idea through months of secret preparation, pilot training, innovations in torpedo design, and clever ruses to deceive US military intelligence, culminating in a devastating strike on America's mighty Pacific Fleet on 7th December 1941.
Hitler's Final Offensive+
Hitler's final throw of the dice to win World War Two - a surprise, winter attack against the Allies least defended front line - the Ardennes. Spearheaded by SS Panzer Tiger tanks, the Germans try to cut the Allied forces in two and destroy them. The Germans ruthless advance results in the worst war crimes ever committed against Americans. On both sides, thousands are killed but for the Americans, it's the bloodiest battle of the entire war.
Spring 1944. An allied invasion of Hitler's Fortress Europe is inevitable, and under the leadership of distinguished commander Field Marshall Erwin Rommel, the Germans begin a comprehensive programme to turn coastal areas into killing zones. But they still have no idea where and when the invasion will come, and in a fascinating game of cat and mouse, the Allies keep them guessing all the way up to 6th June 1944 - D-Day.
Hitler's Death Trains+
The railways were the lifeblood of the Nazi empire. It was a vast network that spread Nazi ambition and control across Europe and beyond. The programme reveals Hitler's personal train, unseen bunkers, massive depots, railway weapons and record-breaking engines. It goes on to reveal the rail networks most sinister function and how Hitler and Himmler used the trains to mastermind the Final Solution.
Hitler's Italian Fortress+
From Monte Cassino to San Pietro and ultimately the defence of Rome, this is the amazing story of one of the toughest defensive structures that the Nazis ever conceived. The Allies thought an advance from the south would be a quick way to bring down the Nazis, but they were wrong. Hitler, determined to defend every inch of ground, ordered a series of defensive lines stretching across the entire Italian peninsula, stalling the Allies' advance into the Third Reich for almost two years.
The Luftwaffe, a revolutionary German air force, created from nothing and fast-tracked by Hitler to annihilate the enemy from the skies. From the factory where the deadly Heinkel HE111 bombers were mass-produced, to the Baltic and the ruins of the Luftwaffe's top-secret torpedo test facility to the most technologically advanced jet bomber of World War 2, Nazi Megastructures lifts the lid on Hitler's war from above.
Hitler's Propaganda Machine+
During the brutal Battle of Berlin in 1945, 100,000 German civilians fight to the death and 6,000 commit suicide. How did the Nazis motivate ordinary civilians to fight even when defeat was inevitable? The answer is propaganda, and in Dr Josef Goebbels, Adolf Hitler found a genius of mind-manipulation. This episode reveals the evidence left behind by the Nazi propaganda machine, monuments to the sinister but brilliant brain-washing of an entire nation.
Hitler's Arctic Fortress+
It's one of the most daring and bold operations of WW2: The Nazi's occupation and fortification of Norway. Hitler demands breath-taking defences along the country's 1500 mile coastline to prevent an Allied invasion. It includes some of the biggest gun batteries of the entire war. Norway is an Arctic frontline from which the Nazis can attack the Soviet Union, but it also offers Hitler the possible means to make an atomic bomb.
Hitler's Island Megafortress+
In June 1940, the Nazis set foot on British soil. The Channel Islands, a British territory since the eleventh century is now under German occupation. Hitler becomes obsessed with keeping control of this small corner of Britain and orders the construction of some of the most fortified structures in the Third Reich.
Lightning War Machine+
In the first years of World War Two, Hitler's Germany crushes its enemies in a series of lightning offensives. A new word is coined to describe this incredible string of successes -'Blitzkrieg' or 'Lightning War'. Extraordinary ruins scattered across Europe tell the story of a revolution in tactics and weapons which almost gives Hitler the chance to create his Thousand Year Reich.
The Eagle's Nest+
Once Hitler seizes power in 1933 he transforms his Alpine retreat in the sleepy district of Obersalzberg in Bavaria into a vast mansion called the Berghof. The area becomes a magnet for the most powerful Nazis and Hitler's Berghof a show piece for the Reich. Aided by his most trusted assistant Martin Bormann, Obersalzberg is quickly transformed into Hitler's own fortified fiefdom. It becomes home to 2,000 SS troops and is protected by a high level security system. High above the Berghof, on top of the 6000ft Kehlstein mountain, Bormann builds the Eagles Nest; a lavish tea house designed for Hitler to entertain guests and dignitaries. Within the...
Hitler's Killer Subs+
By early 1943 Nazi Germany is losing the battle in the Atlantic. Their U-Boat menace is no longer invulnerable to attack. It could cost them the war. But Hitler and Kriegsmarine High Command are one step ahead. Since 1940, they've been planning a submarine capable of fast underwater speeds and phenomenal firepower that will outperform anything that has gone before. Designated the Type 21, it's the world's most advanced submarine: Hitler's sea-faring super weapon.
April 1945. The tide of war in the Pacific has now fully turned against the Imperial Japanese forces. In a fierce and brutal island hopping campaign, the Americans are winning battle after battle, rapidly gaining ground in their ultimate goal of invading mainland Japan. But the Japanese decide that the island of Okinawa will be their last bastion of defence. It is a key strategic location for the Americans, but as Japanese territory, the Japanese will defend it at all costs. Learning their lessons from their previous disastrous island defences, the Japanese generals formulate a radical plan. Rather than take the American troops head-on on the...
In 1934 the Japanese begin designing The Yamato, the most powerful battleship in history. Japan is determined to retain control in the Pacific so builds a ship 30% larger than anything their enemies have. Constructed in absolute secrecy, the Japanese go to extraordinary lengths to ensure no detail is revealed. At a remote island facility the 70ft long guns are put through their paces. They're capable of firing 3000lb shells over 25 miles, outgunning all Allied shipping. As the threat to shipping changes, the Yamoto is retrofitted with one hundred anti-aircraft guns as she sets off to battle at Okinawa in what ultimately becomes a suicide mission....
War On The Eastern Front+
This is the story of Hitler's invasion of Russia with the biggest invasion force ever assembled and the greatest tank battle in history. As his plan for 'Total War' fails, the Germans face a vast Soviet army bent on revenge and must battle for every inch of ground from the Baltic all the way back to the heart of Berlin.
Hitler's Siegfried Line+
The campaign to breach Hitler's 400 mile-long Siegfried Line took more than six months and cost the American forces 140,000 casualties.
The Wolf's Lair+
A secret headquarters of concrete and steel is the heart of Hitler’s plans for domination and the key to a Nazi conspiracy - the Wolf’s Lair.
In a quest for world domination, the Nazis built some of the biggest, deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history.
The Bismarck and Tirpitz were battleships of record breaking proportions, ultimate status symbols of the Third Reich and hunted by the Allies.
Kamikaze Suicide Bombers+
As America closes in on Japan in 1944, the Japanese turn to desperate new tactics: killer planes and super torpedoes guided by human pilots.
Hitler's Deadly Tanks+
In the first years of World War Two, Hitler's Germany crushes its enemies in a series of lightning offensives. A new word is coined to describe this incredible string of successes - 'Blitzkrieg' or 'Lightning War'. Working in unison with the Stuka dive bombers, the German Panzer division smashes through Poland and France, but meets unexpected resistance with the invasion of the Soviet Union. Nazi Germany must use their new Tiger and Panther tanks to beat the enemy's much-vaunted T-34.
To protect occupied Europe from an Allied invasion Hitler demanded the construction of a defensive wall stretching thousands of kilometers from France in the South to Norway in the North. This is the story of how this vast engineering project sucked in huge quantities of raw materials and men from all over the Third Reich … and faced its ultimate test on D-Day.
U Boat Base+
To create a safe haven in port for their lethal U-boat submarines, the Nazis built massive, impenetrable concrete submarine pens. Structures too immense to be hidden, they were constructed to withstand direct hits from even the biggest Allied bombs. Such was their size and strength that these pens still survive today, a testament to their engineering.
V2 Rocket Bases+
The first ever long-range rockets were designed and built by the Nazis in a network of top secret research labs, underground silos and hi-tech launch pads. This is the story of how scientist Werner von Braun heralded the birth of ballistic missiles and laid the technological foundations for the space race.
Hitlers megalomaniac impulses led him to demand the construction of the largest tank the world had ever seen a mobile fortress weighing 180 tons. But even this colossus couldnt satisfy Hitlers thirst for enormous weapons of war, as he went on to request a land battleship weighing 1,000 tons. This is the story of the Nazi engineers tasked with fulfilling that dream, and an arms race that resulted in the evolution of super-guns and tanks.
Hitler's Jet Caves+
In this episode, we explore one of the most technological advanced aeroplanes of World War II. A fighter jet that inspired a revolution in aerial warfare: the Messerschmitt Me 262. This is the remarkable story of an awe-inspiring aircraft, the subterranean bat-cave where it was built and the battle for air supremacy that decided the fate of the war.
April 1945. Hitler is in the center of Berlin, 30 feet (10 meters) underground, surrounded by 13-foot (4m)-thick concrete walls, safe from any attack the Allies can throw at him from the air. But the Russians are advancing on the ground the Red Army is lined up on the Oder River, and theyre coming for the Führer. Blocking the way are rings of ingenious defenses, kill zones and strong-points that have turned Berlin into a fortress. At the heart of this fortress is the Führerbunker.
A look inside the impressive feats of engineering behind Hitler's most audacious hideouts. An Alpine retreat quickly transforms into Hitler's fortified fiefdom - crowned by the awe inspiring Eagles Nest. The Wolf's Lair - a vast, secret headquarters of concrete and steel is the heart of a paranoid Hitler's plans for world domination. During the final days of the Third Reich, Berlin becomes a Fortress with the Fuhrerbunker at its core.
Lines of Defense+
Hitler's most impressive lines of defense, designed to intimidate his enemies and protect the Fatherland. The ambitious Atlantic Wall sucked in huge quantities of raw materials and men from all over the Third Reich? and faced its ultimate test on D-Day. Originally built to protect Germany's western border while invading to the east, the deadly Siegfried Line held off American forces for more than six months and cost them 140,000 casualties.
Hitler's War Machines+
The innovative technology behind the war machines ordered by Hitler to crush his enemies. Hitler's megalomania led him to demand the construction of the largest tank the world had ever seen - a mobile fortress weighing 180 tons. A fighter jet that inspired a revolution in aerial warfare: the Messerschmitt Me 262. The speed, ability to stay submerged for days and unrivalled firepower make the Type 21 U-boat Hitler's ultimate deep-sea destroyer.