On TV: Thursday   (ET/PT)

  • 7:00 PM
    The Private Voice of Hitler:
    The Private Voice of Hitler
    The Private Voice of Hitler The Private Voice of Hitler
    Tune in: Thursday, December 18 @ 7:00 PM ET/PT

    Everyone knows the public archive footage of Hitler. But most of it is silent. What was he saying? What did he sound like when he was having a conversation rather than shouting his beliefs to his followers? Special computer technology enables us for the first time to lip-read the silent film. Using a unique sound recording of Hitler never previously broadcast, we can, put his words into his mouth. The result will add texture and depth to our understanding of a man about whom millions of words have been written--but whom we have never heard just talking. Footage includes film shot by Eva Braun, sequences filmed by Nazi cameramen, and a secret sound recording made in 1942 by radio engineer Thor Damen.

    TVPG V | CC

  • 8:00 PM
    Hi-Tech Hitler.:
    Hi-Tech Hitler.
    Hi-Tech Hitler. Hi-Tech Hitler.
    Tune in: Thursday, December 18 @ 8:00 PM ET/PT

    Was it possible for good science to come out of the Nazi regime, and why did science and technology thrive during this time? When Hitler came to power, Germany was one of the world's most advanced technological countries. We'll examine five crucial scientific advances of the Nazi period that still have an impact today. Nazi scientists were the first to establish a direct link between smoking and cancer. Hitler exploited the discovery of Hi-Fi recording equipment to boost Nazi propaganda broadcasts. The first jet fighter flew in Germany, eventually commissioned by Hitler, but too late to win the war in the air, and with it came the first pilot ejection seat. Even the electron microscope, one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century, was discovered in Germany, but ignored by the Nazis. This is the true story of the scientific feats and failures of Hitler's Nazi Germany.

    TVPG V | CC

  • 9:00 PM
    History's Mysteries:
    The Nazi Bomb
    History's Mysteries The Nazi Bomb
    Tune in: Thursday, December 18 @ 9:00 PM ET/PT

    History books tell us that the U.S. developed the atom bomb during WWII to counter the potential of a nascent German one. We'll study the Nazi project, headed by Nobel Prize-winning physicist Werner Heisenberg, and ask baffling questions--Was the threat real? Did Heisenberg sabotage his own work with the aid of an U.S. spy? If so, why?

    TVPG V | CC

  • 10:00 PM
    Mail Call:
    Trebuchet/Troop Headcounts/Bar/Smart Bombs/Modern Parachutes/Boomerangs: #18.
    Mail Call Trebuchet/Troop Headcounts/Bar/Smart Bombs/Modern Parachutes/Boomerangs: #18.
    Tune in: Thursday, December 18 @ 10:00 PM ET/PT

    R. Lee Ermey, the sergeant in EM Full Metal Jacket /EM , answers viewers' mail about the armed forces. In this episode, we learn how a trebuchet, or catapult, was used by medieval armies; how many troops are in a platoon, a company, and a division; the history of the Browning Automatic Rifle; how smart bombs work; the types of parachutes used by today's paratroopers; and how the weapon version of a boomerang was used.

    TVPG V | CC

  • 10:30 PM
    Mail Call:
    LAV/Landing Craft/Doughboy/OPFOR/Chain Mail/Military Salute: #19.
    Mail Call LAV/Landing Craft/Doughboy/OPFOR/Chain Mail/Military Salute: #19.
    Tune in: Thursday, December 18 @ 10:30 PM ET/PT

    R. Lee Ermey answers viewers' mail about the armed forces. This week, Ermey rides along with the Marines in an LAV, or Light Armored Vehicle. He finds out why landing craft don't sink when their ramps come down, what the WWI term "Doughboy" means, who our troops train against (the OPFOR, or "Opposing Force"), how to make medieval chain mail, and how the military salute developed.

    TVPG V | CC

  • 11:00 PM
    History's Raiders:
    The Adventures of Lawrence of Arabia
    History's Raiders The Adventures of Lawrence of Arabia
    Tune in: Thursday, December 18 @ 11:00 PM ET/PT

    In June 1916, after 400 years of oppression, Arabs began a revolt throughout the Arabian Peninsula to win independence from the Turkish Ottoman Empire. The British supported them with arms, money, and the presence of one extraordinary man: 27-year-old military intelligence officer, Captain T.E. Lawrence, who proved to be an inspirational leader and highly skilled at guerrilla warfare in the desert. We reveal the truth behind the myth of Lawrence of Arabia and follow his real wartime exploits.

    TVPG V | CC

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