Nazi Mega Weapons

Nazi Mega Weapons: Season 2 – Hitler's Megaships premieres Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

About the Series

In a quest for world domination, the Nazis built some of the biggest and deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history. The series, Nazi Mega Weapons, tells the story of Germany’s engagement in World War II from a unique perspective, uncovering the engineering secrets of iconic megastructures, telling the stories of the engineers who designed them and revealing how these structures sparked a technological revolution that changed warfare forever.

With historic footage, recreations of milestone moments and interviews with history, engineering and military strategy experts, the episodes recount the triumphs and blunders of the Third Reich.

“The scope of these projects and the superhuman efforts that brought them to fruition remains astonishing, even 70 years later,” said Executive Producer Simon Young. “We want viewers to understand the extraordinary lengths to which the Nazis went in order to realize their ill-fated dream of world domination. This was a fascinating era of history, made even more chilling by the fact that some many of these structures are still around today.”

Read more about the episodes below.

A Closer Look at Season 2: Hitler's Megaships

Season 2

About Hitler's Megaships (Premieres Wednesday, April 8, 2015)
When Hitler rises to power in 1933, he sets about rebuilding his armed forces, focusing on the Navy. Hitler sees the battleship as the ultimate status symbol for his Third Reich, and orders two vessels to be constructed that are bigger, more powerful and more heavily armored than anything else at sea. But the British will stop at nothing until Hitler’s weapons are at the bottom of the sea.

About Kamikaze (Premieres Wednesday, April 15, 2015)
As America threatens to invade Japan in 1944, the Japanese turn to desperate new tactics — kamikaze suicide bombers. Now, exploring Japan’s coast, experts are uncovering caves, overgrown bunkers and top-secret bases that hide the secrets of the terrifying weapons Japan sent into war — killer planes, rocket bombs and super torpedoes all guided by human pilots.

About The Siegfried Line (Premieres Wednesday, April 22, 2015)
In 1938, shrouded in secrecy, the German Army starts work on fortifications to secure Germany’s western border with France. Designed to protect the Fatherland, the immense, deadly concrete belt of bunkers, anti-tank traps, minefields, gun emplacements and road blocks is five times the length of Hadrian's Wall.

About V1: Hitler's Vengeance Missile (Premiered January 7, 2015)
In retaliation for devastating Allied bombing raids on German cities, Hitler orders the development of a ground breaking weapon. This is the story of one of the most ambitious projects of the Third Reich — the V1. Despite being ready too late to make a difference to the outcome of the war, its legacy is the cruise missile — a weapon that changed the face of war.

About The Wolf's Lair (Premiered January 14, 2015)
As European countries fall like dominoes to the German armies, Hitler becomes convinced of his own military genius. He plans to invade Russia and orders the construction of a huge command complex of bunkers named the Wolf’s Lair. But as he isolates himself in his concrete city, the war begins to slip from his grasp, and a conspiracy is hatched to make the secret base his tomb.

About The SS (Premiered January 21, 2015)
One of the most terrifying cults the world has seen, the SS has humble beginnings as Hitler’s personal body guard. But under the leadership of it Heinrich Himmler it becomes a terrifying cult that engineers Hitler’s vision for a new Germany and an Aryan race. The SS is responsible for the creation of the concentration camps that will become the sites of mass murder.


Season 1

About Atlantic Wall (Premiered July 17, 2013)
The story of the construction of a vast defensive wall, on Hitler's orders, that stretched thousands of kilometers from France to Norway and sucked in huge quantities of raw materials and men.

About U-Boat Base (Premiered July 24, 2013)
To create a haven in port for their lethal U-boat submarines, the Nazis built massive, impenetrable concrete submarine pens. These pens survive today, a testament to their engineering.

About V2 Rocket (Premiered July 31, 2013)
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.

About Super Tanks (Premiered April 30, 2014)
Hitler causes an arms race with his demands for the largest tank the world had ever seen — a mobile fortress weighing 180 tons. Learn about the Nazi engineers tasked with fulfilling his dream.

About Jet Fighter Me262 (Premiered May 7, 2014)
Explore the most technologically advanced plane of World War II, the Messerschmitt Me262, a fighter jet that was built in a subterranean bat cave and inspired a revolution in aerial warfare.

About Fortress Berlin (Premiered May 14, 2014)
April 1945. Hitler is 10 meters underground in the center of Berlin surrounded by thick concrete walls, safe from air attack. Above ground, rings of defenses have turned the city into a fortress.


Nazi Mega Weapons was produced by Darlow Smithson.


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