Secret Projects and The Phony War

Aug 23, 2017

8pm NAZI MEGA WEAPONS - History - Uncover the engineering feats that sparked a technological revolution and changed warfare forever.

ATLANTIC WALL - To protect occupied Europe from an Allied invasion, Hitler demanded the construction of a defensive wall stretching thousands of kilometers from France in the south to Norway in the north.    

9pm WORLD WAR II: The Price of Empire - History 

The Phony War - The invasion of Poland causes even the most resistant of powers to declare war.  The appeasing Prime Minister (Chamberlain) falls to be replaced by Winston Churchill. Now hardly remembered military action and early naval encounters characterize a war that, in the West, resembles skirmishing - in the East, Japan has suffered major reverses with Chinese victories at Changsha and Guangxi.


The documentary HEROES ON DECK: WORLD WAR II ON LAKE MICHIGAN sheds light on a little-known training operation conducted by the U.S. Navy on Lake Michigan during World War II.


Heroes on Deck - Pilots
Credit WTTW

 Between 1942 and 1945, following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Navy trained nearly 15,000 pilots, including 41st President George H.W. Bush, to land and take off from two makeshift aircraft carriers —the Seaandbee and Greater Buffalo – in the safety of landlocked Lake Michigan.

The Seeandbee before being converted to the USS Wolverine.
Credit WTTW

There were many crashes including some fatal accidents. As a result, more than 100 classic WWII fighters and dive bombers sank to the bottom of Lake Michigan. With the approval of the U.S. Navy, many of the planes have been recovered, raised and restored over the course of the past 30 years.


Featuring a combination of interviews, de-classified film and stills, underwater recovery footage, computer generated recreations, and hi-definition underwater photography, HEROES ON DECK brings to life this vital chapter in American history.