The Re-Inventors

Season 2 Episode 10

Body Armor

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Aug 16, 2011 on Smithsonian Channel
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Two 1915 inventions designed to save soldiers’ lives in World War I were never called into battle. Were they simply not-so-great inventions of The Great War, or were they never given a fair shot? The Re-Inventors unearth the old patents for a bulletproof enclosure and a dual-purpose helmet shield, and dig up period materials from the early 1900s to rebuild and test them both. Could these inventions have saved the lives of countless U.S. soldiers, or were they rightly discharged from service? Matt and Jeremy aim to find out.moreless

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