The BEST Episodes of Nazi Megastructures
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2020
Network: National Geographic (UK)
Did you know? In the quest for world domination, the Nazis built some of the biggest and deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history? Creating huge terror machines, hi-tech superguns and some of the original weapons of mass destruction, their aim was to control a nation, conquer a continent and win the war! Over six unforgettable episodes, Nazi Megastructures uncovers the hidden remains of Hitler’s most ambitious Megastructures, telling the stories of the engineering geniuses that designed them and revealing how these structures sparked a technological revolution that changed warfare forever.
#1 - Hitler's Propaganda Machine
Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 14, 2017
During the brutal Battle of Berlin in 1945, 100,000 German civilians fight to the death and 6,000 commit suicide. How did the Nazis motivate ordinary civilians to fight even when defeat was inevitable? The answer is propaganda, and in Dr Josef Goebbels, Adolf Hitler found a genius of mind-manipulation. This episode reveals the evidence left behind by the Nazi propaganda machine, monuments to the sinister but brilliant brain-washing of an entire nation.
#2 - America's War: Hitler's Final Offensive
Season 6 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 13, 2019
Hitler’s final attempt to win was a surprise winter attack. What resulted were some of the worst war crimes ever committed against America.
#3 - Hitler's Tanks
Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 16, 2020
During World War II, Hitler's Germany used its new Tiger and Panther tanks during its invasion of the Soviet Union.
#4 - Hitler's Fortresses
Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 30, 2020
In order to extend its hold over the world, Hitler relied on its gigantic fortresses built to prevent any invasion by the Allies. With defensive structures along a coast of almost 2,500 kilometers, Norway is one of the first lines of the Arctic from which the Nazis can target the Soviet Union.
#5 - The Battle of the Pacific
Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 26, 2019
As the US armed forces sweep up and down the Pacific, the Japanese fight tirelessly to defend mainland Japan. From the air, they sow death and chaos, resorting to suicide bombers.
#6 - Hitler's Italian Fortress
Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 31, 2017
The story of one of the Nazis' toughest structures. These defensive lines spanned the Italian peninsula, stalling the Allies for almost two years.
#7 - Hitler's Arctic Fortress
Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 7, 2017
It's one of the most daring and bold operations of WW2: The Nazi's occupation and fortification of Norway. Hitler demands breath-taking defences along the country's 1500 mile coastline to prevent an Allied invasion. It includes some of the biggest gun batteries of the entire war. Norway is an Arctic frontline from which the Nazis can attack the Soviet Union, but it also offers Hitler the possible means to make an atomic bomb.
#8 - Hitler's War Trains
Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 17, 2017
The railways were the lifeblood of the Nazi empire. It was a vast network that spread Nazi ambition and control across Europe and beyond. Through use of drama, documentary and archive the programme reveals Hitler's personal train, unseen bunkers, massive depots, railway weapons and record-breaking engines that made up what was arguably the Nazis biggest ever megastructure: the railways.
#10 - America's War: Japan's Warrior Code
Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 23, 2019
How the Japanese army turned to ancient warrior traditions during the battle of Saipan - a conflict where defeat would place US aircraft dangerously close to their home country.
#11 - Hell Island
Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Dec 9, 2019
Japan’s do-or-die struggle to create and control an airfield in the middle of the Pacific
#12 - Hitler's Air Force
Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 23, 2020
A closer look at Hitler's Air Force: The Luftwaffe. At the beginning of World War II, it was the most powerful Air Force in the world. It is a symbol of the military ambition of the Nazi leader.
#13 - Fortress Berlin
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 16, 2013
April 1945. Safe in his heavily fortified Führerbunker in the centre of Berlin, Hitler prepares for the Allies' final attack.
#15 - Hitler's Jet Caves
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 9, 2013
Explore the story behind one of the most advanced aeroplanes of WWII, the Messerschmitt Me 262, and the subterranean bat-cave where it was built.
#16 - The Eagle's Nest
Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired May 3, 2016
Hitler transformed his Alpine retreat in Bavaria into a fortified fiefdom, home to 2,000 SS troops and protected by a high level security system.
#18 - The Atlantic Wall
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 18, 2013
Discover the story behind the defensive wall, stretching thousands of kilometres, built by the Third Reich to protect themselves from the Allies.
#19 - Kamikaze Suicide Bombers
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 17, 2015
As America closes in on Japan in 1944, the Japanese turn to desperate new tactics: killer planes and super torpedoes guided by human pilots.
#20 - Himmler's SS
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 3, 2015
In a quest for world domination, the Nazis built some of the biggest, deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history.
#21 - The Wolfs Lair
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 20, 2015
A secret headquarters of concrete and steel is the heart of Hitler’s plans for domination and the key to a Nazi conspiracy - the Wolf’s Lair.
#22 - Hitler's Megaships
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 27, 2015
The Bismarck and Tirpitz were battleships of record breaking proportions, ultimate status symbols of the Third Reich and hunted by the Allies.
#23 - U-Boat Base
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 25, 2013
To create a safe haven in port for their lethal U-boat submarines, the Nazis built massive, impenetrable submarine pens that still survive today.
#24 - V2 Rocket Bases
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 18, 2013
Discover how Nazi scientist Wernher von Braun heralded the birth of ballistic missiles and laid the technological foundations for the space race.
#25 - Super Tanks
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Dec 2, 2013
The story of Nazi engineers tasked with fulfilling Hitler's megalomaniac demand for the construction of a land battleship weighing 1,000 tons.