The Machinery of War

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The Machinery of War
Battlefield Behemoths
Episode 1  |  The History Channel  |  December 3, 2019

Bigger is better. As the scale of war grew over the centuries, so too did the size of machinery used to create war. From the first moments the British heavy tanks of WWI broke through the stalemates of trench warfare, the shape of war was changed forever. Bigger artillery pieces to increase battlefield supremacy, bigger planes to move bigger machines, bigger ships to deliver bigger payloads. The influence of the increasing size of warmachines even spread beyond the battlefield too, demanding bigger machines to transport these behemoths and bigger factories to create them. This episode looks at the behemoths of war; the grumbling armoured monsters like the Panzer III and the gravity-defying bulk of the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, that dominate their arenas of war with their incredible size and power.

Bigger is better. As the scale of war grew over the centuries, so too did the size of machinery used to create war. From the first moments the British heavy tanks of WWI broke through the stalemates of trench warfare, the shape of war was changed forever. Bigger artillery pieces to increase battlefield supremacy, bigger planes to move bigger machines, bigger ships to deliver bigger payloads. The influence of the increasing size of warmachines even spread beyond the battlefield too, demanding bigger machines to transport these behemoths and bigger factories to create them. This episode looks at the behemoths of war; the grumbling armoured monsters like the Panzer III and the gravity-defying bulk of the Lockheed C-5 Galaxy, that dominate their arenas of war with their incredible size and power.

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