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Grenades/.30 Caliber Machine Gun/Flyer 21/Shrapnel/D-Day Paratro

Aired on Dec 15, 200222m

Learn how grenade launchers work; how a .30 caliber machine gun compares to a .50 cal; watch Ermey behind the wheel of a Flyer 21; and discover the origin of the word shrapnel.

Learn how grenade launchers work; how a .30 caliber machine gun compares to a .50 cal; watch Ermey behind the wheel of a Flyer 21; and discover the origin of the word shrapnel.

Thumbnail for episode: Civil War Rifles/Sub Missile/Navy Divers' Gear/Field Strip/the B
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Civil War Rifles/Sub Missile/Navy Divers' Gear/Field Strip/the B

Aired on Dec 22, 200220m

Ermey compares Civil War rifles; learns about the first missile fired from a sub deck; compares Navy deep-sea suits, examines the Bowie knife; and explains the how hedgechoppers were used on D-Day.

Ermey compares Civil War rifles; learns about the first missile fired from a sub deck; compares Navy deep-sea suits, examines the Bowie knife; and explains the how hedgechoppers were used on D-Day.

Thumbnail for episode: Mail Call: #16
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Mail Call: #16

Aired on Dec 29, 200222m

Ermey explores the Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge and the Fulton Recovery System, examines the ancient Greek Trireme and learns how to fire battleship guns.

Ermey explores the Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge and the Fulton Recovery System, examines the ancient Greek Trireme and learns how to fire battleship guns.

Thumbnail for episode: Trebuchet/Troop Headcounts/Bar/Smart Bombs/Modern Parachutes/Boo
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Trebuchet/Troop Headcounts/Bar/Smart Bombs/Modern Parachutes/Boo

Aired on Jan 26, 200321m

Find out the history of medieval trebuchets and the Browning Automatic Rifle; how many troops are in a platoon, a company, and a division; how smart bombs work; and parachutes used by paratroopers.

Find out the history of medieval trebuchets and the Browning Automatic Rifle; how many troops are in a platoon, a company, and a division; how smart bombs work; and parachutes used by paratroopers.

Thumbnail for episode: LAV; Landing Craft; Doughboy; OPFOR; Chain Mail; Military Salute
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LAV; Landing Craft; Doughboy; OPFOR; Chain Mail; Military Salute

Aired on Feb 02, 200322m

Ermey rides a Light Armored Vehicle and finds out why landing craft don't sink, what the WWI term "Doughboy" means, how to make medieval chain mail, and the origins of the military salute.

Ermey rides a Light Armored Vehicle and finds out why landing craft don't sink, what the WWI term "Doughboy" means, how to make medieval chain mail, and the origins of the military salute.

Thumbnail for episode: Deuce and a Half; Vietnam Gun Truck; World War II Household Fat;
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Deuce and a Half; Vietnam Gun Truck; World War II Household Fat;

Aired on Feb 09, 200322m

What is a WWII "Deuce and a Half" and a “Vietnam Gun Truck?” How do missile silos work? Did Scottish soldiers really wear kilts in battle, and who did the Germans call the "Girls from Hell" in WWI?

What is a WWII "Deuce and a Half" and a “Vietnam Gun Truck?” How do missile silos work? Did Scottish soldiers really wear kilts in battle, and who did the Germans call the "Girls from Hell" in WWI?

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Mail Call: # 21

Aired on Feb 23, 200321m

What were the wickedest medieval weapons? What is a WWI Lewis gun? How were carrier pigeons used, how do ejection seats and TOW anti-aircraft missiles works and did people use gliders in combat?

What were the wickedest medieval weapons? What is a WWI Lewis gun? How were carrier pigeons used, how do ejection seats and TOW anti-aircraft missiles works and did people use gliders in combat?

Thumbnail for episode: Self-Propelled Artillery; Musket; Airships; Blue Angels; Pirate
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Self-Propelled Artillery; Musket; Airships; Blue Angels; Pirate

Aired on Mar 02, 200322m

Why isn't all artillery self-propelled? How do matchlock muskets and depth charges work? How does the Navy select pilots for the Blue Angels and what type of weapons did pirates use?

Why isn't all artillery self-propelled? How do matchlock muskets and depth charges work? How does the Navy select pilots for the Blue Angels and what type of weapons did pirates use?

Thumbnail for episode: Anti-Tank Rocket; Bazooka; HQ Tour; Tactical Operations Center;
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Anti-Tank Rocket; Bazooka; HQ Tour; Tactical Operations Center;

Aired on Mar 16, 200322m

Ermey demonstrates an AT-4 anti-tank rocket, finds out how commanders stay in touch at a Tactical Operations Center, learns the origin of the 21-gun salute and meets Air Force Pararescuemen.

Ermey demonstrates an AT-4 anti-tank rocket, finds out how commanders stay in touch at a Tactical Operations Center, learns the origin of the 21-gun salute and meets Air Force Pararescuemen.

Thumbnail for episode: AAV/Jeep/Battering Ram/Urban Warfare/Ball Turret Gunner/Nose Art
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AAV/Jeep/Battering Ram/Urban Warfare/Ball Turret Gunner/Nose Art

Aired on Mar 23, 200322m

How does an AAV stay afloat? How did medieval battering rams work? What are urban warfare tactics? And what's the story behind all those pictures of girls and other stuff drawn on WWII airplanes?

How does an AAV stay afloat? How did medieval battering rams work? What are urban warfare tactics? And what's the story behind all those pictures of girls and other stuff drawn on WWII airplanes?

Thumbnail for episode: Newest Coast Guard Ship/Carrier Battle Group/Sherman Tank/XM-29
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Newest Coast Guard Ship/Carrier Battle Group/Sherman Tank/XM-29

Aired on Mar 30, 200322m

Go aboard the Coast Guard's Motor Lifeboat; find out how many ships are in a carrier battle group; why the Sherman tank was a deathtrap and how WWII V-mail kept letters flowing from the front to home.

Go aboard the Coast Guard's Motor Lifeboat; find out how many ships are in a carrier battle group; why the Sherman tank was a deathtrap and how WWII V-mail kept letters flowing from the front to home.

Thumbnail for episode: Unmanned Aircraft/Bogey/1st Combat Helicopter/Forward Observer/C
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Unmanned Aircraft/Bogey/1st Combat Helicopter/Forward Observer/C

Aired on Apr 06, 200322m

If unmanned aircraft are so good, why do we need pilots? Travel with R. Lee Ermey to Edwards AFB for a look at the latest in experimental planes. See how Scottish kids, afraid of the Bogey Man, gave rise to the pilot term for unidentified aircraft. Watch the first combat helicopter, the U.S. YR-4B, flown in WWII by Lt. Carter Harman in Burma. See how forward observers direct artillery fire, and join Ermey as he demonstrates the Fairbairn-Sykes commando knife on his favorite target--a watermelon!

If unmanned aircraft are so good, why do we need pilots? Travel with R. Lee Ermey to Edwards AFB for a look at the latest in experimental planes. See how Scottish kids, afraid of the Bogey Man, gave rise to the pilot term for unidentified aircraft. Watch the first combat helicopter, the U.S. YR-4B, flown in WWII by Lt. Carter Harman in Burma. See how forward observers direct artillery fire, and join Ermey as he demonstrates the Fairbairn-Sykes commando knife on his favorite target--a watermelon!