On TV: Thursday   (ET/PT)

  • 7:00 PM
    High Impact: M-16:
    High Impact: M-16
    High Impact: M-16 High Impact: M-16
    Tune in: Thursday, July 31 @ 7:00 PM ET/PT

    Born in the high-tech labs of the aerospace industry--and tested on the muddy battlefields of Vietnam--the M16 has become America's ultimate weapon. It's been used by SWAT teams on the mean streets of LA and Special Forces serving in Iraq. Now we're going to take you inside this incredible rifle, reveal the secrets of its design and construction and show how it's evolving to tackle America's newest challenges.

    TVPG V | CC

  • 8:00 PM
    WWII in HD:
    The Air War
    WWII in HD The Air War
    Tune in: Thursday, July 31 @ 8:00 PM ET/PT

    The untold story of the American 8th Air Force's bloody battle to defeat the German Luftwaffe in the months leading up to D-Day. Told through the gripping, first person accounts of three American airmen and Stars & Stripes reporter Andy Rooney, this special showcases breathtaking aerial combat--original, color footage, never before seen by most Americans--of the B-17s Flying Fortresses, P-47 Thunderbolts and P-51 Mustangs on missions such as Regensburg, Schweinfurt and Berlin. Never-before-seen 8mm footage of the airmen on the bases, the devastation in Germany, and the Luftwaffe perspective is also highlighted. Flying 25,000 feet above the earth in oxygen-devoid air, and temperatures as low as 50 below zero, the 8th Air Force fought a war unlike anything ever before experienced. By the end, they would suffer more than 26,000 combat deaths--more than the US Marines lost in all of World War II. Narrated by Emmy nominated actor, Rob Lowe.

    TVPG V | CC

  • 10:00 PM
    Civil War Combat:
    The Crater at Petersburg.
    Civil War Combat The Crater at Petersburg.
    Tune in: Thursday, July 31 @ 10:00 PM ET/PT

    During the epic siege at Petersburg, Virginia, the Union forces hatched a daring plan. They dug directly beneath the Rebel forces and exploded four tons of black powder, creating a massive crater! But from this propitious beginning, Union General Ambrose Burnside failed to seize the initiative. The Southern forces fought back wave after wave of Union soldiers, including a brave division of African Americans.

    TVPG V | CC

  • 11:00 PM
    Dangerous Missions:
    Tank Crews
    Dangerous Missions Tank Crews
    Tune in: Thursday, July 31 @ 11:00 PM ET/PT

    During WWII, American tank crews duked it out with Nazi Panzers in a high-explosive duel to the death. The German tanks had thicker armor and better guns than the mainstay of the U.S. armored forces, the M-4 Sherman. For many crewmen, the Sherman lived up to its nickname as a steel coffin. But what the tanks lacked in firepower and protection, the crews made up for in guts and good old-fashioned Yankee ingenuity. We'll meet some of these armored warriors from WWII.

    TVPG V | CC

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