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Tank/Gatling Gun/Samurai Sword

Aired on Jun 07, 200422m

R. Lee Ermey, the sergeant in Full Metal Jacket, answers mail about what the armed forces were, and really are, like. He steers a WWII M5A1 tank and explores the Gatling Gun and samurai swords.

R. Lee Ermey, the sergeant in Full Metal Jacket, answers mail about what the armed forces were, and really are, like. He steers a WWII M5A1 tank and explores the Gatling Gun and samurai swords.

Thumbnail for episode: Knight's Armor; WWI Backpack; Landmine
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Knight's Armor; WWI Backpack; Landmine

Aired on Aug 05, 200222m

What are the different pieces of a Knight's armor? What's in a WWI backpack? What's inside a Landmine?

What are the different pieces of a Knight's armor? What's in a WWI backpack? What's inside a Landmine?

Thumbnail for episode: Flak Vest; Medieval Crossbow; WWI Pilots
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Flak Vest; Medieval Crossbow; WWI Pilots

Aired on Aug 12, 200222m

Can a bullet can penetrate body armor? How accurate was a medieval crossbow? How did WWI pilots shoot through their propellers?

Can a bullet can penetrate body armor? How accurate was a medieval crossbow? How did WWI pilots shoot through their propellers?

Thumbnail for episode: Civil War Cannoneers; Night Vision; Clearing a Minefield
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Civil War Cannoneers; Night Vision; Clearing a Minefield

Aired on Aug 19, 200222m

How did Civil War Cannoneers aim their artillery pieces? Exactly how does night vision technology work? How do you clear a minefield?

How did Civil War Cannoneers aim their artillery pieces? Exactly how does night vision technology work? How do you clear a minefield?

Thumbnail for episode: Landing Craft, Air Cushion Hovercraft (LCAC)/U.S. Cavalry S
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Landing Craft, Air Cushion Hovercraft (LCAC)/U.S. Cavalry S

Aired on Aug 26, 200222m

How do you operate a Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) hovercraft? What kind of saddles did the Cavalry use in the Old West? How do Gas Masks work?

How do you operate a Landing Craft, Air Cushion (LCAC) hovercraft? What kind of saddles did the Cavalry use in the Old West? How do Gas Masks work?

Thumbnail for episode: Mortar; WWII GIs' Personal Items; Native-American Arrows
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Mortar; WWII GIs' Personal Items; Native-American Arrows

Aired on Sep 02, 200222m

How do you re-fuel a fighter jet in mid-air? How do ships send messages using signal flags? What did soldiers eat on the battlefield?

How do you re-fuel a fighter jet in mid-air? How do ships send messages using signal flags? What did soldiers eat on the battlefield?

Thumbnail for episode: Re-Fueling a Fighter Jet; Naval Signal Flags; GI Chow
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Re-Fueling a Fighter Jet; Naval Signal Flags; GI Chow

Aired on Sep 09, 200222m

How fast could a Revolutionary War soldier fire a musket? What's the deal with Jousting? How do you dig a foxhole?

How fast could a Revolutionary War soldier fire a musket? What's the deal with Jousting? How do you dig a foxhole?

Thumbnail for episode: Revolutionary War Musket; Jousting; Foxholes
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Revolutionary War Musket; Jousting; Foxholes

Aired on Sep 16, 200222m

What is the secret weapon of the Romans? What kind of radios did they use in WWII? What kind of rockets were first used in combat? Just how did rockets first make their way onto the battlefield?

What is the secret weapon of the Romans? What kind of radios did they use in WWII? What kind of rockets were first used in combat? Just how did rockets first make their way onto the battlefield?

Thumbnail for episode: The Pilum; WWII Radios; First Rockets
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The Pilum; WWII Radios; First Rockets

Aired on Sep 23, 200222m

Roman warfare was relentless, but what was their secret weapon? What kind of radios did the military use in WWII? While rockets can cover great distances with extreme accuracy, how were they first used in combat?

Roman warfare was relentless, but what was their secret weapon? What kind of radios did the military use in WWII? While rockets can cover great distances with extreme accuracy, how were they first used in combat?

Thumbnail for episode: Ninja Weapons; Flamethrower; Military Dogs
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Ninja Weapons; Flamethrower; Military Dogs

Aired on Sep 30, 200222m

What are the weapons of the Ninjas? How does a flamethrower work? Two hundred and fifty dogs a year enter active duty as military war dogs. What do they do?

What are the weapons of the Ninjas? How does a flamethrower work? Two hundred and fifty dogs a year enter active duty as military war dogs. What do they do?

Thumbnail for episode: Grenades; Dog Tags; Dinner in a Pouch
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Grenades; Dog Tags; Dinner in a Pouch

Aired on Oct 07, 200222m

How do grenades work? What is a Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System (LAPES) Drop? What's the purpose of dog tags? Why did the German WWI helmet have a spike? What do American soldiers eat in the field today?

How do grenades work? What is a Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System (LAPES) Drop? What's the purpose of dog tags? Why did the German WWI helmet have a spike? What do American soldiers eat in the field today?

Thumbnail for episode: Future Gear; Marine Camouflage; Army's New Armored Vehicle
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Future Gear; Marine Camouflage; Army's New Armored Vehicle

Aired on Oct 28, 200222m

Ermey looks at possible gear for GIs on tomorrow's battlefields; how the Marines designed their new camo pattern; and examines the Army's new armored vehicle, the Stryker.

Ermey looks at possible gear for GIs on tomorrow's battlefields; how the Marines designed their new camo pattern; and examines the Army's new armored vehicle, the Stryker.