Sure the opening sounds like some sort of NRA infomercial, but keep watching this one and you’ll learn a lot about the development of gunpowder and firearms, including hand cannons, bombards, wheel locks, and matchlocks.
Believe it or not, there is more to historical documentaries than WWII and American History 101. This BBC Channel 4 documentary is part of a great series on the English Civil War. It’s way better shot than most of the historical documentaries out there, going beyond the hazy lens/ talking heads approach that many filmmakers take.
Everybody loves the Yamato. This documentary follows marine archeologists and survivors of the 3,000 man crew as they search for the wreck. I had no idea how little naval historians actually knew about the greatest white elephant in maritime history (yeah, even greater than SS Great Eastern), even basics like her keel length and the groundbreaking shape of her bow.