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Battleship 1998

  • 1998-12-30T21:00:00-08:00
  • Discovery
  • 1998-12-30T16:00:00-08:00
  • 50 mins
  • 1 hour, 40 mins
  • Documentary
Averaging 45,000 armor-plated tons, with guns firing enormous projectiles 20 miles, battleships are the ultimate symbols of naval power. Explore some of the mighty dreadnoughts that helped propel the world into war: Bismarck, with almost half its weight in armor; and Yamato, whose suicide mission ended in a mushroom cloud visible from 50 miles. See how the fate of war often hinges on the brute strength of the battleship: from the bitter legacy of the Prince of Wales and Repulse, the first battleships sunk by aircraft, to the aging USS Missouri, a survivor of WWII, recently fortified with modernized firepower to emerge as an invincible Gulf War force.

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