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    Combat Ships

    S1 E1 War Beneath the Waves

    It began with a barrel-shaped submersible that patrolled New York Harbor during the American Revolutionary War. Since then, the submarine has evolved into a vital weapon of war. Dive in as we track its history, from the 1775 Turtle to the 1879 Resurgam to the mighty German U-boats and nuclear subs of today. Rare archival footage, visits to surviving decommissioned subs, and interviews with crewmembers help explain how these machines became such a powerful symbol of naval supremacy.

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In times of conflict, controlling the sea often means controlling the war. We tell the stories of some of history's most remarkable combat ships as well as the men and women who sailed them into battle. From Viking longships to missile-carrying destroyers and from stealth, covert conflicts to the greatest sea conflict of all, the Battle of Leyte Gulf in 1944, we reveal the secrets of these amazing vessels and the remarkable maritime missions they carried out, through rarely seen combat footage and firsthand veteran accounts.
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