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Season 1 Episode 3

Flak Vest; Medieval Crossbow; WWI Pilots

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Aug 18, 2002 on The History Channel
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Flak Vest; Medieval Crossbow; WWI Pilots
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R. Lee Ermey answers questions about body armor, accuracy of a medieval crossbow, and how World War I pilots shot through their propellers in this episode.

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • A young Dutch inventor named Anthony Fokker was the inventor of the interrupter gear that allowed World War 1 pilots to shoot through their propellers without hitting them.

      • The reason the "Duck" was designated the DUKW by the Army was because the D stood for the fact that it was built after 1942, the U meant that it was amphibious, the K meant that it had front wheel drive, and the W meant that it had tandem real wheels.

      • A broadsword has three basic parts consisting of the grip, crossguard, and blade.

      • Flak vests are not bullet proof but are bullet resistant.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • R. Lee Ermey: The most typical medieval broadswords weighed only about three pounds. Now, they may not have looked as big or as intimidating as the Hollywood versions, but trust me, they were more potent. Lighter weight meant that the knights could more easily hack away at their opponents. Get the point.

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