- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: August 6, 2003
From Civil War locomotives to the C-17, examine the machines that bring men and munitions into battle.
Before the first shot is fired, armies have to reach their destination. Military history is dotted with extraordinary attempts to solve this problem, from Hannibal's march across the Alps to the C-17 cargo plane. MODERN MARVELS® explores the challenges and solutions to the very first question any commander must ask--how will we get there?
Prepare to ride in some of the most extreme vehicles ever made, machines where comfort is always sacrificed for capacity and engineers push the limits of designs to extract the last square inch of space and pound of capacity. Visit surviving examples of the legendary Higgins LCVP, which brought thousands of soldiers to the beaches of Normandy. See how the Union victory in the Civil War was owed at least in part to the existence of better rail lines, which allowed the Federal troops to turn the civilian trains into powerful tactical tools. Fly aboard the massive C-17, which can deliver payloads of 160,000 pounds (or carry nearly 200 soldiers) anywhere in the world and land on runways just 3,000 feet long. It is perhaps the most advanced and versatile MILITARY MOVER ever made.