Modern Marvels

Season 13 Episode 12

Hi-Tech Hitler

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM May 02, 2006 on The History Channel
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Hi-Tech Hitler
This is the true story of the scientific feats and failures of Hitler's Nazi Germany.
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • With a top speed of approximately 540 mph, the Messerschmidt 262 was 120 mph faster that the famed P-51 Mustang used by the Allies.

      • The first electron microscope could magnify an object up to 17 times. Today's models can magnify up to two million times.

      • Bing Crosby was so impressed by the Magnetophon that he invested $50,000 of his own money into Ampex, the company which soon became the world leader in the development of tape recording.

      • In an effort to discourage smoking in the military, cigarette rations were limited to six per soldier per day. Non-smokers were offered alternative rations, such as chocolate or extra food.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: It was the technology that fueled the Third Reich's war machine. State of the art weaponry designed for world domination, combined with some of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. Their research led to the electron microscope, audio tape and even a link between smoking and cancer. But these discoveries sometimes came at great human cost. Hi Tech Hitler, next on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Prof. Robert Proctor
        Stanford University

        Prof. Kristie Macrakis
        Author, "Surviving the Swastika

        Peter Hammar
        Audio Historian

        Friedrich Karl Engel
        Audio Historian

        John T. (Jack) Mullin
        Former U.S. Army Signals Corps.

        Dr. Richard Hallion
        Senior Advisor for Air & Space Issues, the Pentagon

        Prof. Marin Van-Heel
        Imperial College, London

        Lotte Lambert
        Ernst Ruska's Secretary

        Jim Piccirillo
        Aviation Historian

        Gerhard Naumann
        Museum of Flight Safety and Rescue

        Otto Fries
        Former Luftwaffe Pilot

      • Narrator: Eric Meyers
        Music: Dimitri Tchamouroff
        Music: Ed Godsall
        Camera: David Chilton
        Research: Amy Kagelmacher
        Production Coordinator: Amanda Cooton
        Production Manager: Ann Parker
        Dubbing Mixer: Dominic Weaver
        Online Editor: Ross Copeland
        Online Editor: Steve Brown
        Offline Editor: Pete Roemmele
        Executive Producer for Brighton TV: David Pounds
        Producer/Director: Andrew Webb

        Museum of FLight Safety & Rescue
        Imperial College London
        Virgin Atlantic

        Production Coordinator: David Blatt
        Executive Producer: Margaret G. Kim
        Produced by Brighton Films, Ltd

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