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What The Industrial Revolution Did For Us - Programme 5 - War Machine

Updated Thursday 1st December 2005

Find out more about the War Machine programme, part of the BBC/OU's 'What the Industrial Revolution Did for Us' TV series.

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Throughout the Industrial Revolution Britain was almost continually at war. The industrial revolution demanded a revolution in warfare, because industry relied on the army and navy to secure its materials and markets overseas. Programme Six, War Machine, looks at one of the bloodiest and most inventive periods in Britain’s history. Rockets, submarines, machine guns, camouflage and even the modest tin food can - from the horrors of battle came discoveries and inventions that still shape the way we fight - and live – today.

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