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Hist. Chan. Sept. 21 *Silent Service*
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Posted: Friday, September 20, 2002 - 05:45 PM UTC
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@ 0900 Cannons, Rifles, & Muskets: TWIH
This week, we travel to Detroit, Michigan for an eye-opening demonstration of the bloodiest weapons of America's bloodiest war--the Civil War. With the guidance and expertise of a premiere battle reenactment group, we fire everything from a musket to a cannon at a series of targets, meticulously showing the damage and asking, "What if these were men?" We demonstrate why these weapons reaped such carnage, and give viewers a rare peak into the horror of an old-fashioned war. TV G

@ 1300 Mail Call
R. Lee Ermey, who portrayed the sergeant in "Full Metal Jacket", applies his gruff sense of humor in this half-hour series that answers viewers' mail about what the armed forces were, and really are, like! Shot on location, Ermey reads the questions on air and then sends them out to military experts in the field for answers and brief demonstrations. TV G

@ 1330 Basic Training
Recruits learn the battlefield skills of the wedge formation, and are issued their gas masks, tools that mean the difference between life and death in the event of nuclear, chemical, or biological attack. Drill Sergeant Harold is promoted, and the recruits are taught to set up the classic Army A-frame tent. TV G

@ 1400 Automobiles
VW "Beetle"

Story of the best-selling car of all time. Designed and built by one man, the legendary engineer Ferdinand Porsche, Volkswagen's "Bug" became a war hero, a movie star, and a treasured icon. TV G

@ 1600 Messerschmitt 262: Race for the Jet
By mid-1944, Allied forces were regularly flying raids of 1,000 bombers over Germany escorted by U.S. Mustangs and Lightnings. But in July 1944, a new German fighter appeared on the scene, flying at over 100 m.p.h. and capable of destroying a B-17 in a single pass. It was the jet-powered Messerschmitt 262. Using detailed color reenactments and interviews, we take viewers inside the cockpits, along with German pilots who flew this wonder weapon and U.S. fighters who learned how to defeat it. TV G

@ 2000 & @ 0000 A Century of Silent Service
Whether fighting tough foes in wars hot and cold, or going against the stark perils of a developing technology, the U.S. Naval Submarine Force has generated a history unique in American arms. The turn of the millennium marked its first 100 years. This 2-hour special features an interview with former submariner and President Jimmy Carter and many key Navy experts, testimony from the most colorful of the sub service's Medal of Honor winners, and vintage footage throughout the century. TV G