Silent War ‘Know Your Enemy’ – airs at 3 pm
Silent War ‘The Russians Are Coming’ – airs at 3:55 pm
For the second half of the 20th century, the world’s most powerful nations were engaged in an intense struggle for political and territorial supremacy. As the USA and the then USSR developed huge arsenals of nuclear weapons, they and their allies would regularly bring the world close to annihilation, yet – incredibly – these highly dangerous military stand-offs often happened in total secrecy: underwater. This eye-opening two-part series tells the compelling story of US, UK and Russian submarine warfare.
Weapons Of World War II ‘Midget Submarines‘ – airs at 4:50 pm
From attacks on Pearl Harbor and Sydney Harbour, to the British Mediterranean Fleet and the Tirpitz, midget submarines played their part in some of the most gripping stories of the war. This programme recalls the heroic encounters of the men who piloted these midget craft towards their giant quarries.
Weapons Of World War II ‘Aircraft Carriers‘ – airs at 5:15 pm
Giant aircraft carriers dominated the Pacific War between Japan and the USA. Pearl Harbor was launched to destroy US carriers but failed, while the battle of Midway – the turning point in the Pacific War – was won by US carriers delivering tremendous air strikes against Japanese battleships. This programme shows them in dramatic action.
Weapons Of World War II ‘Battleships‘ – airs at 5:40 pm
At the beginning of World War II, battleships were seen as the key weapon at sea, their huge firepower dominated the waves but over the next six years their vulnerability was exposed by the submarine and aircraft. This programme looks at the great clashes of the ships such as Bismarck and King George V and the way in which the battleships’ role changed to that of shore bombardment and escort work.