Modern Marvels

Season 11 Episode 29

World War I Tech

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 28, 2004 on The History Channel
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World War I Tech
The first bombing airplanes and widespread use of chemical weapons...earliest tanks...submarines. When Industrial-Age technology and war first mixed on a large scale, the end result was ruthlessly efficient destruction. World War One epitomized the dark underbelly of the Industrial Revolution. We see how technological achievements that streamlined 19th-century production, improved transportation, and expanded science were used to efficiently decimate a generation of soldiers in the early 20th century.moreless
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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (4)

      • A young Adolph Hitler was hospitalized during the First World War after being temporarily blinded by a poison gas attack.

      • Although the flamethrower was developed and used during the First World War, it was a technology that made so stratigic contribution. It frequently malfunctioned, often enveloping the two-man crew in flames.

      • Few airplanes had radios during the First World War. The radio's bulky size and its inability to transmit extended-range voice signals made it impractical.

      • "Tank" was actually the code word, short for water tank, that the British used for early armored vehicles, such as the Mark I, produced in secret during the first years of the war.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: From the first fighter planes and deep water submarines to the earliest tanks, the first large scale use of chemical weapons. When industrial age technology and war first mixed on a large scale the end result was ruthlessly efficient destruction. Now: World War I Tech, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Ned Barnett
        World War I Historian

        William F. Atwater, Ph.D.
        Director, U.S. Army Ordnance Museum

        Clifford W. Holliday
        World War I Veteran

        Frank Jardim
        Director, Patton Museum

        Tim Garrett
        Tank Restoration Project Manager

        Jeffery Underwood, Ph.D.
        Historian, USAF Museum

        Greg Hassler
        Restoration Specialist, USAF Museum

        Charles Lemons
        Curator, Patton Museum

        Jeffery K. Smart
        Command Historian, U.S. Army

        Gary E. Weir, Ph.D.
        Submarine Historian

        Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Matthew P. Hickey
        Producer: Matthew P. Hickey
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Associate Producer: Suzanne Gilreath
        Associate Producer: Corrie Kaufman
        Editor: Robert Lattanzio
        Narrator: Max Raphael
        Music: Alan Ett Music Group
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Production Manager: Shelia Collins
        Post Producer: Tim Knauff
        Clearance Supervisor: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Anthony Lacques
        Production Controller: Dani Eslin
        Accountant: Judy Gordon
        Accountant: Sheridan Liu
        Coordinator: Rosalyn McVay
        Researcher: Mikki Del Monico
        Clearance Coordinator: D.W. Blakeslee
        Production Assistant: Jeffery Perkins
        Voice Over Coordinator: Mikki Del Monico
        Assistant Editor: Laura Steinhoff
        Assistant Post Coordinator: Alexander Rubinow
        Post Assistant: Gaylen Kobayashi
        Camera: Arthur S. Kibby
        Camera: Peter Krajewski
        Camera: Jeff McMichael
        Camera: Warren Watson
        Field Audio: John C. Beaudry
        Field Audio: Dan Cook
        Online Editor: John Price
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Animation: Doug Whitney
        Historical Consultant: Ned Barnett

        Special Thanks:
        Bob Johnson
        Robert Johnson
        Dr. Harry Salem
        United States Army

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

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