Ground War Parts 1 & 2 of 4

Ground War Parts 1 & 2 of 4

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 10:00pm

Pictured: American infantry training in an uparmoured humvee; Fort Irwin, California.

Credit: Louise Ireland, ©Granada TV

In parts 1 and 2 of 4, Ground War explores the development of soldiers, weapons and combat.

Ground War, airing Saturdays, July 23 and 30 at 10 p.m. on WXXI World (cable 524/DT21.2), explores the key technological advances that have defined ground warfare through the ages. From the gladius to the AK-47, from the chariot to the tank, from the trebuchet to the howitzer, and from the battle ramp to the star fort, the series follows the fascinating punch and counterpunch of battle tactics and new technologies. With classic examples like the stirrup and lesser known innovations like the gunner’s quadrant, the series reveals how even the smallest innovations can have a wide-ranging effect on the way wars are fought. The episodes explore the development of the soldier and his weapons in “Warrior Weapons,” movement in the combat zone in “Battlefield Mobility,” the evolution of artillery in “Firepower” and battlefield engineering in “Command and Control.” 

Ground War's first episode traces the evolution of soldiers and their gear, from the phalanx formations of Alexander the Great to the the development of wearable exoskeletons that will one day soon make human soldiers stronger and faster. The second episode explores mobility on the battlefield and the never-ending challenge to maximize effectiveness and find the right balance of protective armor, speed, mobility and firepower.