The 20th century has seen some of the largest and most devastating naval battles in history. Warships symbolised a nation's power on the world stage, watched by an awe inspired public and press. But many of these ocean titans were to become victims of the conflict.
Colossal battleships were locked in desperate conflict with groundbreaking aircraft carriers and fleets of destroyers. Countless best selling books, Hollywood films and award winning computer games continue to celebrate these titans of the ocean. Battleships like the Bismarck and Yamato have become icons of global conflict and their dramatic careers and cataclysmic deaths still inspire awe and terror.
The twentieth century has seen global conflicts in which command of the oceans would be vital in securing victory. Hundreds of thousands of men and women would serve in some of the largest armadas ever assembled. Warships would symbolise a nation's power on the world stage, and become household names with their every move watched by an awe inspired public and press. Groundbreaking technological developments would see the aircraft carrier supplant the battleship as the most powerful maritime ship of war and change naval combat forever. But many of these ocean titans were to become victims of the conflict, destroyed by gunfire, torpedos, and bombs with catastrophic loss of life. Many now lie as wrecks on the ocean floor, whilst the final resting place of others remains unknown.
This engrossing eight-part series tells the stories of these remarkable warships from key conflicts that now litter the seabed. Through never before seen archive, exclusive interviews and insightful analysis we will uncover the secrets behind these amazing ships, explore their power and, through the stories of the people who served aboard, examine the spectacular actions that led to their doom.