Death in Their Hands
For countless soldiers, firearms have been an essential part of combat. This documentary series explores the evolution of arms used by the military.
S01:E01 - The Pistol: The Soldier's Frien
No matter what their orders might be, in the forefront of every soldier’s mind is the desire to survive. In modern times, nothing has been appreciated more in desperate situations than the pistol.
S01:E02 - The Power of the Rifle
Over the centuries, ever more sophisticated hand weapons have been developed to enhance the efficiency of the individual soldier in battle. Amongst them all one has risen to an unassailable level of fame — this is the story of the rifle.
S01:E03 - Facing Assault Weapons
The firearm, the most important weapon over the last 500 years, has attracted more than its share of attention and has inspired countless of inventors to improve every aspect of its performance. Nothing has motivated inventors more than the overwhelming desire to increase the firearms rate of fire — this is the story assault weapons.
S01:E04 - Defending With Machine Guns
For some 500 years following the invention of the gun, the rate at which one could fire has been limited by the time it takes to reload. With the invention of the machine gun, a gun’s rate of fire went from two or three shots per minute to 100 shots per second.
S01:E05 - Supporting the Infantry
As seemingly indestructible tanks began to devastate war fields, weapons needed to be developed to support the nearly defenseless infantry.
S01:E06 - Infantry Weapons and the Future
To be one step ahead of your enemy in terms of the arms your soldiers carry can mean the difference between victory and destruction. The arms race has existed since the beginning of war and has consistently changed the face of society.
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