Decisive Weapons

Decisive Weapons

1997 - 2004,
Series investigating the impact of technology on war. Narrated by Sean Bean
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Episode Guide

  • Decisive Weapons - Darkness Visible: F-117A Stealth Fighter (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Darkness Visible: F-117A Stealth Fighter

    The F-117A Stealth Fighter defies radar detection.

  • Decisive Weapons - Soul of the Samurai: The Samurai Sword (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Soul of the Samurai: The Samurai Sword

    Samurai swords are known for their finely honed blades and precision engineering.

  • Decisive Weapons - U-Boat Killer: The Antisubmarine Warship (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    U-Boat Killer: The Antisubmarine Warship

  • Decisive Weapons - Lock, Stock & Barrel (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Lock, Stock & Barrel

    The Springfield Rifle by the Union Army heralded the end of the open battles of the American Civil War.

  • Decisive Weapons - The Aircraft Carrier: Wings Over the Ocean (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    The Aircraft Carrier: Wings Over the Ocean

    Dissecting the aircraft carriers and naval attacks involved in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

  • Decisive Weapons - The Forgotten Fighter: Hawker Hurricane (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    The Forgotten Fighter: Hawker Hurricane

    The British Hawker Hurricane is the first fighter to exceed 300 mph.

  • Decisive Weapons - The Harrier Jump Jet: Jumping Jet Flash (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    The Harrier Jump Jet: Jumping Jet Flash

    Twenty Harriers bring British victory over Argentina's air force.

  • Decisive Weapons - The Longbow - Wood Against Steel (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    The Longbow - Wood Against Steel

    A look at how the longbow changed the face of warfare and helped the English win the Battle of Agincourt.

  • Decisive Weapons - The Bayonet: Cold Steel (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    The Bayonet: Cold Steel

    The bayonet is the mainstay of Highland regiments in spreading the Empire.

  • Decisive Weapons - The P-51: Cadillac of the Skies (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    The P-51: Cadillac of the Skies

    Beginning in March 1944, the P-51 Mustang is a familiar sight in German skies.

  • Decisive Weapons - The Bell Huey: Vietnam Warhorse (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    The Bell Huey: Vietnam Warhorse

    The story of the Bell Huey helicopter, which carried troops deep into the jungle, evacuated the wounded, provided air support, and even carried journalists to the front lines in Vietnam.

  • Decisive Weapons - T34: The Queen of Tanks (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    T34: The Queen of Tanks

    The story of the Soviet T34 tank, the manufacture of which heralded the largest industrial migration in history.

  • Decisive Weapons - The Samurai Sword; The Bayonet (Episode 15)
    Episode 15:

    The Samurai Sword; The Bayonet

    Japanese use Samurai swords in World War II; bayonets are used in the Falkland War.

  • Decisive Weapons - Frigate: U-Boat Killer (Episode 12)
    Episode 12:

    Frigate: U-Boat Killer

    The British used sonar on frigates to detect submarines.

  • Decisive Weapons - Springfield Rifle: Lock, Stock and Barrel (Episode 11)
    Episode 11:

    Springfield Rifle: Lock, Stock and Barrel

    The mass-produced Springfield rifle is crucial to Union troops at Gettysburg.

  • Decisive Weapons - The Samurai Sword; The Longbow: Wood Against Steel (Episode 8)
    Episode 8:

    The Samurai Sword; The Longbow: Wood Against Steel

    The world's sharpest and strongest blade; how archers had a devastating impact on the outcome of the Battle of Agincourt.

  • Decisive Weapons - The Stealth Fighter; The Bell `Huey' Helicopter (Episode 7)
    Episode 7:

    The Stealth Fighter; The Bell `Huey' Helicopter

    The F-117A Stealth Fighter defies radar detection; the Bell "Huey" helicopter in Vietnam.

  • Decisive Weapons - The Bayonet; U.S. Springfield Rifle (Episode 6)
    Episode 6:

    The Bayonet; U.S. Springfield Rifle

    For centuries the bayonet is used in close combat; the mass-produced Springfield rifle is crucial to the Union at Gettysburg.

  • Decisive Weapons - The Hawker Hurricane; P-51 Mustang (Episode 5)
    Episode 5:

    The Hawker Hurricane; P-51 Mustang

    The British Hawker Hurricane is the first fighter to exceed 300 mph; the P-51 Mustang extends bombing radius.

  • Decisive Weapons - The Aircraft Carrier; U-Boat (Episode 4)
    Episode 4:

    The Aircraft Carrier; U-Boat

    Aircraft carriers at the Battle of Midway; the Royal Navy battles German U-boats.

  • Decisive Weapons - Bell `Huey' Helicopter; The Harrier Jump Jet (Episode 3)
    Episode 3:

    Bell `Huey' Helicopter; The Harrier Jump Jet

    In the skies over Vietnam, the versatile "Huey" helicopter holds promise for victory; the British Harrier jet is finally utilized in the Falklands.

  • Decisive Weapons - T-34: Queen of Tanks; Mustang Cadillac (Episode 2)
    Episode 2:

    T-34: Queen of Tanks; Mustang Cadillac

    Invading Nazi panzer divisions encounter the Russian T-34 tank; American P-51 Mustangs take to the air to protect the bombers.

  • Decisive Weapons - The Longbow; The Bayonet (Episode 1)
    Episode 1:

    The Longbow; The Bayonet

    The longbow wins the 1415 Battle of Agincourt for the English; for over 200 years the bayonet has been used in close combat.

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