Mail Call - Season 2

Sunday 10:00 PM on The History Channel Premiered Aug 04, 2002 In Season


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Episode Guide

  • LAV/Landing Craft/Doughboy: OPFOR/Military Salute
    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".
  • Newest Coast Guard Ship; Carrier Battle Group; Tanks; Sherman Tank; XM-29 Rifle
    Motor lifeboat; carrier battle group; Sherman tanks; futuristic rifle; voice mail.
  • Unmanned Aircraft; Bogey; 1st Combat Helicopter; Forward Observers;
    R. Lee Ermey answers viewer's questions about the military's use of unmanned aircrafts. He also discusses the first combat helicopter and the Fairbairn-Sykes commando knife.
  • Amphibious Assault Vehicle; Jeep; Medieval Battering Ram; Urban Warfare; Ball Tu
    Marines' 26-ton AAV stays afloat; jeeps; battering rams; urban warfare; World War II bombers; pictures on World War II airplanes.
  • Medieval Weapons; Lewis Gun; Carrier Pigeons; Gliders in Combat; Anti-Tank
    In this episode, R. Lee Ermey discusses medieval weapons and lewis guns. He also answers viewer's questions about the military's use of carrier pigeons, gliders in combat, anti-tank missiles, and ejection seats.
  • Anti-Tank Rocket; Bazooka; HQ Tour; Tactical Operations Center; Downed Pilots
    R. Lee Ermey heads to the range with the Marines to demonstrate the bazooka's replacement--an AT-4 shoulder-mounted anti-tank rocket--and finds out how the bazooka got its name. After a tongue-in-cheek tour of Mail Call Headquarters, we learn how commanders stay in touch with the battlefield at a Tactical Operations Center, a mobile command post for the computer age. We meet Air Force Pararescuemen, who rescue downed pilots behind enemy lines, and discover the origin of a 21-gun salute (#23)moreless
  • Self-Propelled Artillery; Matchlock Musket; Airships; Blue Angels; Pirate Weapons; Depth Charges
    In this episode, R. Lee Ermey answers question about artillery, how a matchlock musket works, how depth charges work, what kinds of weapons pirates used, and finds out if the U.S. Navy really used airships as floating aircraft carriers.
  • Deuce and a Half; Vietnam Gun Truck; World War II Household Fat; Missile Silos;
    In this episode, R. Lee Ermey answers question about the WWII Deuce and a Half and the Vietnam Gun Truck. Gunny also learns about missile silos, WWII explosives, the latest in transport aircraft, did Scottish soldiers really wear kilts into battle, and who did the Germans call the "Girls from Hell" in WWI.moreless
  • LAV; Landing Craft; Doughboy; OPFOR; Chain Mail; Military Salute
    In this episode, R. Lee 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.moreless
  • Trebuchet; Troop Headcounts; BAR; Smart Bombs; Modern Parachutes; Boomerangs
    In this episode, R. Lee Ermey learns 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.moreless
  • Marine Weapons Training; Greek Phalanx; MiG-29; Hellcat Tank Destroyer
    In this episode, R. Lee Ermey travels to the Indoor Simulated Marksmanship Training Center at Camp Pendleton, California, where Marines fire at a video screen with "virtual" versions of their normal weapons. Gunny also learns more about the ancient Greek phalanx, an almost invincible infantry formation; the Russian MiG-29, the fastest frontline jet; the U.S. M-18 Hellcat tank destroyer, the fastest WWII tracked vehicle; Civil War cavalrymen gear; and dazzle paint, a type of nautical camouflage.moreless
  • AVLB; Fulton Recovery System; Pilot Survival Kit; Trireme; Battleship Guns; Grapeshot
    R. Lee Ermey finds out more about the Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge, used by combat engineers; the Fulton Recovery System, which allows fixed-wing aircraft to rescue downed pilots; a pilot's survival kit; the ancient Greek warship, the Trireme; how to aim, load, and fire battleship guns; and how "grape shot", used in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, got its name.moreless
  • Civil War Rifles; 1st Missile Sub; Navy Divers' Gear; Field Strip; Bowie Knife;
    In this episode, R. Lee Ermey compares Civil War rifles from both sides, learns about the first missile fired from the deck of a sub, compares the Navy's Mark 21 deep-sea suit, used for depths as far as 300-feet below surface, to "crush-proof" suits used in extreme missions that can go almost 2,000 feet down. Ermey then performs a field strip, breaking down a weapon, finds out why the Bowie knife is so special, and explains the evolution of a hedge chopper, used on tanks during D-Day.moreless
  • Grenade Launchers; Shrapnel; D-Day Paratrooper Gear; Jet Packs
    In this episode, we learn how grenade launchers work, how a .30 caliber machine gun compares to a .50 caliber, watch Ermey behind the wheel of a Flyer 21--part dune buggy and part heavily-armed Jeep. We also discover the origin of the word shrapnel, what gear was unique to D-Day paratroopers, and if the military ever used jetpacks.moreless