Decisive Weapons

  • Premiered: Sep 1996
  • Episodes: 12
  • Followers: 1
  • Ended
  • BBC Two
  • Unknown
  • Documentary


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Season 2
The Forgotten Fighter: Hawker Hurricane
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Air date
Sep 08, 1997
Documentary looking at the design and role of the Hurricane during the Battle of Britain and World War II, and how it actually played a larger and more important role than the Spitfire, .. show full overview
Wings Over the Ocean: Aircraft Carrier
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Air date
Sep 15, 1997
First invented by the British during the First World War, the aircraft carrier was frowned on by traditionalists. But Japanese recognition of the carrier's potential led to the devastating 1941 attack on the US fleet at Pearl Harbor.
Lock, Stock and Barrel: The Springfield Rifle
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Air date
Sep 22, 1997
Accurate over distances of 500 metres, and with a vastly increased rate of fire, the Springfield rifle marked a great leap forward in rifle technology. The first weapon to be .. show full overview
U-Boat Killers: The Anti-Submarine Warship
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Air date
Sep 29, 1997
Initial U-Boat success in strangling the transatlantic supply routes began a battle to protect the Atlantic convoys. The Allies developed sophisticated anti-submarine warfare.
The Soul of the Samurai - The Japanese Sword
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Air date
Oct 06, 1997
This programme looks into the origins and history of the samurai sword, considering the processes and engineering that went into its design and making, and its importance as a weapon in battle when repelling the Mongol invasions.
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Darkness Visible: the Stealth Fighter
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Air date
Oct 13, 1997
The F-117 A Stealth Fighter is the world's first operational combat plane designed to be invisible to radar. But while powerfully impressive during the Gulf War, doubts have persisted .. show full overview

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