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Some of the greatest warships have gone on to shape the history of the world and have even pushed their crews into unbelievable and incredible acts of bravery. Take a look at the very first submarine which is rumored to have lurked beneath New York harbor during the Revolutionary War, the smaller ships that rescued thousands from Dunkirk, or the destroyer in the Cuban Missile Crisis. Over the years, conflicts and wars have prompted extreme advances to ship designs and now they are faster, stronger, and smarter than ever before.

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The evolution from wooden ships to metal ones in the second half of the 19th century is examined.
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The 200-year evolution of the submarine in wartime is examined, told by the designers and engineers behind the machines.
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A chronological look at the events of the 1944 D-Day landings, and the vessels that made the invasion possible, with an insight into personal stories and engineering wonders.
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A look at the smallest ships of war and the major roles they've played over the centuries, including the 1776 gunboat built to stop a British invasion and the HA-19 sub.
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An up-close look at the naval carriers, destroyers, and nuclear submarines of the Cold War.
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A look at some of the rescue ships of the past 200 years of wartime and the brave men and women who risked their lives to save others.
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From tests in the River Thames, to the German's deadly U-boat attacks in World War II, this episode explores the silent threat of submarines.
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A look at how the role of battleships changed over the course of the First and Second World Wars.
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A look at the most famous wooden warships over the course of 500 years.
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A look at how the art of deception was used by naval forces in the first half of the 20th century; in 1939, the German raider Atlantis is equipped with fake funnels, while its sailors dressed as women pushing prams to fool Allied merchant ships.

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