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02.06.2020

SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL EXAMINES THE EVOLUTION OF WEAPONRY IN WORLD OF WEAPONS

NEW DOCUSERIES HIGHLIGHTING WEAPONS’ HISTORICAL, SCIENTIFIC AND SOCIETAL IMPACT PREMIERES SUNDAY, MARCH 15 AT 9 PM ET/PT

 

NEW YORK – February 6, 2020  Smithsonian Channel will explore the evolution of weapons throughout history and how they changed the course of mankind in the new documentary series WORLD OF WEAPONS. Weapons comprise an ever-evolving arsenal that has transformed combat – helping build empires, destroy them and deter aggression. This ten-part series highlights some of the world’s most important and innovative weapons and how and why they work, what problems they solve on the battlefield and give fresh insight into their role in history. Along the way, renowned international experts look at weapons and war as a way to explain human progress and how they may determine our fate. WORLD OF WEAPONS premieres Sunday, March 15 at 9 PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

In the premiere episode, RANGED WEAPONS, experts demonstrate the most important long-range weapons in history. The pilum, a most ingeniously made spear, was the high-tech weapon of the ancient world used in the Roman Empire to disable the enemy in battle. In the medieval times, England becomes the most feared superpower with the longbow, which caused massive damage to opposing forces and especially Europe’s aristocratic knights. During the nineteenth century, battlefields become even bloodier with the emergence of the minié ball, creating more accurate precision for firing at a distance.

 

Subsequent episodic descriptions of WORLD OF WEAPONS can be found here.

 

WORLD OF WEAPONS is produced by Story House Productions for ZDF and ZDF Enterprises. Producers for Story House Producers are Jens Afflerbach, Carsten Obländer and Arnd Piechottka. Joy Galane and David Royle serve as executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.