- Additional Details
- Format: 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: December 17, 2004
Go on patrol with the wooden boats that were, pound for pound, the most heavily armored vessels of World War II.
Sleek, swift and small, they were among the most successful naval vessels of World War II. Nicknamed the "Devil Boats of the Night" by the Japanese, they were, pound for pound, the most heavily armed boats in the U.S. Navy.
HEAVY METAL tells the complete story of the PT BOATS, drawing on combat records, archival footage and the memory of the men who served aboard them. Displacing a mere 50 tons, these approximately 80-foot ships were based on speedboat designs and boasted powerful engines that let them engage the enemy at close quarters and then streak to safety. Follow the PTs from the Aleutian Islands to the South Pacific and relive their greatest battles. Discover how the design was tested in a "plywood derby" which pit three early examples against each other, and visit surviving examples of this remarkable vessel.