Ground War Parts 3 & 4 of 4

Ground War Parts 3 & 4 of 4

Sat, 07/30/2011 - 10:00pm

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

Credit: Louise Ireland, ©Granada TV

In parts 3 and 4 of 4, Ground War explores the development of artillery and battlefields.

Ground War's third episode traces the development of artillery, from the ancient Greeks to the current generation of directed-energy weapons. The final episode explores the ways in which armies have used or modified the terrain of the battlefield to their advantage.

Ground War, airing Saturday, July 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.”