Geoff takes a visit to the NSA National Cryptologic Museum to study a revolutionary new idea from the Civil War that changed battlefield tactics forever.
Host Geoff Edgers meets a private collector who shows him some amazing artifacts that came off the German submarine U-505, which was captured by the Americans at the end of WWII, including a trophy pistol that has been missing for 75 years.
Seizing and Stashing a Sinking U-Boat Captain's Pistol
Geoff meets with former helicopter pilot Lt. Col. Hugh Mills (Ret.), who was shot down 16 times over Vietnam during the course of his three tours of flying as a low level scout during the Vietnam War.
Vietnam Helo Pilot and His Lucky Charm
The West Point Museum stores a dangerous weapon sent to Europe during the Cold War meant to stop an invasion from the Soviets with an extremely powerful punch - the Davy Crockett recoilless rifle-delivered nuclear bomb.
The World's Smallest Nuke
At the National Museum of the Marine Corps Geoff discovers an award given to a small group of heroes who filmed a crack Marine fighting crew amidst a bloody Pacific battle. The award was an Oscar for footage shot at Tarawa.
The Oscar Won By the Marine Corps
Geoff visits the National Museum of the United States Air Force and is presented with mission-specific goggles that were issued to the airmen aboard the Bockscar for the atomic bombing of Japan.
Goggles Used While Dropping the Bomb Over Nagasaki