In the quest for world domination, the Nazis built some of the biggest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history, and created one of the most brutal paramilitary organizations the world has ever known. Over 6 unforgettable episodes, we examine the impact and uncover the hidden remains of Hitler’s most ambitious Megastructures.
V1: Hitler’s Vengeance Missile
In retaliation for devastating allied bombing raids on German cities, Hitler orders the development of a groundbreaking weapon: 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 forever.
Hitler’s Siegfried Line
More than 390 miles long, Hitler’s Siegfried Line was one of the greatest fortifications in the history of warfare. The campaign to breach it took 6 months and cost the American forces more than 100,000 casualties. This is the story of the men who built it – and the men who gave their lives fighting to defend it – and destroy it.
The Wolf’s Lair
As European countries fall like dominoes to the all-conquering German armies, Hitler becomes convinced of his own military genius. He plans to invade Russia and orders the construction of a huge, heavily protected command complex of bunkers and buildings 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.
One of the most terrifying paramilitary groups the world has seen has humble beginnings as Hitler’s personal bodyguard. But under the leadership of Heinrich Himmler, the SS (Schutzstaffel) becomes a terrifying cult that engineers Hitler’s vision for a new Germany and an Aryan race. As its power grows, it infiltrates all corners of the German state, taking control of Nazi Germany’s police and internal security, and running the concentration camps, site of atrocities beyond comprehension. By the end of the war the SS has grown into a machine that controls every aspect of the Third Reich and brutally disposes of any opposition to Hitler.
Germany is on the rise and Hitler has plans for world domination. He sees the battleship as the ultimate status symbol for his new 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 new mega weapons are destroyed.
Kamikaze Suicide Bombers
As American forces close in on Japan in 1944, Nazi Germany’s ally, Japan, turns to desperate new tactics: killer planes, rocket bombs, and super torpedoes guided not by machines, but by human pilots. We explore the overgrown bunkers and top-secret bases that once hid the secret headquarters of the Kamikaze squadrons, and witness the devastating effects of their suicide missions.