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Modern Marvels

Season 8 Episode 23


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Aug 21, 2001 on The History Channel
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Cannons have fired balls of iron and atomic bombs, changed the way wars are fought, and now come equipped with smart weapons. Beginning with 13th-century cannons that were designed to penetrate forts of the day, we'll see how cannons were first cast and later forged, and show how large cannons terrorized civilians and soldiers in WWI and WWII. Moving to the present, we feature the 40-ton self-propelled Crusader that launches 100-pound steel artillery shells more than 33 miles.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (6)

      • More artillery shells were fired in the Korean War than during all of World War II.

      • The Aiken relay computer contributed the word "debug" to our vocabulary when the first computer "bug" was found in its mainframe: a moth crushed on the relay switch.

      • The Paris Gun could launch shells to a maximum altitude of 25 miles. This was the greatest altitude reached by a man-made object until World War II's German V-2 Rocket.

      • In 1844, President John Tyler had the new Navy gun Peacemaker fired during a demonstration aboard the USS Princeton. Unfortunately, the gun exploded, killing several people, including the Secretary of the Navy.

      • Goof: 16" shells are obviously not the "size of Volkswagens." They are the same weight as Volkswagens.

      • Goof: The Iowa class 16" guns were not the biggest naval cannons ever built. The Yamato class used 18" guns.

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    • NOTES (1)

      • Laurence F. Franz
        Paladin Deputy Dir., U.S. Army

        Adam Zarfoss
        Paladin Program Dir., United Defense

        Joseph M. James
        Sgt. 1st Class, U.S. Army

        John Halvey
        Excaliber Program Mgr., Raytheon

        John Swantek
        Director, Watervliet Arsenal Museum

        Maj. Gen. Robert H. Scales, Jr. (Ret.)
        CEO Walden University

        John Beckman
        Field Artillery Expert, Ft. Sill Museum, OK

        Dr. William Atwater
        Dir., U.S. Army Ordnance Museum

        Col. Thomas M. Brown (Ret.)
        Defense Consultant

        Cmdr. Charles B. Robbins (Ret.)
        Coastal Artillery Historian

        Doug Davant
        Naval Historian, Naval Surface Warfare Center

        Saddam Hussein (Archival Footage)

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: La Monte Westmoreland
        Producer: La Monte Westmoreland
        Additional Segments Produced by: Angela Aiello
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: Mai-Ly Nguyen
        Consulting Producer: Henry Schipper
        Editor: Andre Vaillancourt
        Additional Segments Edited by: Pamela Malouf
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Kathlene Exner
        Post Producer: Scott Berkson
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Hildie Katibah
        Archivist: Nilda Jensen
        Clearance Assistant: Gabe Martinez
        Researcher: Mark Savage
        Researcher: Diane Wai
        Historical Consultant: Herb Muktarian
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
        Camera: Michael Ford
        Camera: Dow H. Haynow
        Camera: Jim Houk
        Camera: Thomas H. Jensen
        Camera: Michael Morton
        Camera: Landon McCrary
        Camera: Russ Nichols
        Camera: John D. Westenhiser
        Camera: Mark Whaley
        Field Audio: Jeff Haynor
        Field Audio: Andy Kralik
        Field Audio: Terry Marton
        Field Audio: Alison Nichols
        Field Audio: Holly Sweet
        Field Audio: Darren Wales
        Field Audio: Aaron Webster
        Field Audio: Jeremy C. Zunk
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
        Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
        Voice Over Coordinator: Dawn Irwin
        Assistant Editor: Michael Lim
        Assistant Editor: Stephen Franklin
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Jason Phipps
        Graphics: Barry Hill
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Assistant Production Accountant: Sonia Randazzo
        Production Coordinator: Michael Z Davis

        Executive Producer: Beth Dietrich-Segarra
        Produced by Actuality Productions, INC

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