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Combat Ships   

Series 1: 10x60 | HD | 2016
Series 2: 08x60 | HD | 2020
Production Company
Woodcut Media
Primary Broadcaster
TCB Originals / A&E / Smithsonian

Combat Ships tells the stories of the remarkable vessels that have shaped world history and the men and women who have crewed them - from Viking longships to missile-carrying destroyers. The earliest ships investigated in the series are Viking longships, vessels that changed the course of history, carrying warriors across the world in search of trade and plunder. Scandinavian warships spanning almost a thousand years survive and are examined in detail, revealing the Viking’s skilled craftsmanship and intimidating weaponry.

Secrets of the Sea is an episode full of stories of naval espionage and trickery – from the raising of the Soviet submarine K-129 by the CIA, to the British wargaming women sailors who found a way to sink U-Boats.

Amphibious assault craft have been a crucial part of any navy for almost a century. This episode travels all over the world from a D-Day Landing Craft Tank undergoing careful restoration in England, to a US Navy LCAC hovercraft carrying out exercises in California.

Series 2 - Episode 3: Doomed Vessels

Doomed Vessels explores the human errors that condemned great ships to a tragic end, including the Vasa, a 17th century combat ship that sank on her maiden voyage, and K -13, an experimental British submarine that sank in 1917 with the loss of 32 crewmen.

Series 2 - Episode 2: Stealth

This time on Combat Ships: the vessels that operate in secret, unseen by their enemies. From the secret missions that helped win World War 2 to new technology that offers new ways to hide. Stealth ships stay out of sight in a world where eyes are everywhere. Today, military stealth means strange shapes, angular designs and craft using technology to hide from spying eyes and ears. But even before this technology existed, navies employed stealth tactics to avoid detection.

Series 2 - Episode 1: Viking Longships

This is the story of one of the world’s most effective war machines: The Viking longship. They evolved from swift war canoes to become the pre-eminent fighting machines of the age. They were elegant, versatile and feared. Longships carried terrifying warriors. The Vikings and their ships changed the course of history…