Nazi Mega Weapons


#1

PBS is currently running a series called “Nazi Mega Weapons.” The first episode last night was about the Atlantic Wall fortifications, and is worthwhile watching. Especially interesting was a treatment of the naval gun installations at Trondheim. One point made was that one of the main reasons the allied forces made it onto the beaches on D-Day was that the German defenders in that sector ran out of ammunition within 3-1/2 hours. That episode will repeat Saturday. The next episode is about the sub pens on the French coast.


#2

I thought the program was well done and showed a lot of details that most programs of this type don’t show. At one point they were showing the different types of projectiles for the big guns. There were 6-10 of each type: HEI, AP, etc. laying on the floor of the ammunition bunker. It appeared that these were still in place since WW-II ended. I find it hard to believe they had not been removed, especially the HEI rounds. I can only guess these were inert props for the filming. I’m surprised they were able to come up with that many projectiles.


#3

Watched it last night. Thought it was good enough to miss a party I was going to.

Will look for the next episode!