Stories about one of the most famous residents on the front lines of military history, the "Spearhead" unit, come to light in the History Channel's two-hour "Rolling Thunder: The True Story of the 3rd Armored," airing Saturday at 8 p.m.
The 3rd Armored came into the spotlight during World War II when it charged across France and led Allied Forces into the heart of Germany.
The battle-scarred tank unit stood eyeball-to-eyeball with the Soviet Union during the tension-filled decades of the Cold War.
In the Gulf War, it overpowered Iraqi armor in every showdown. Famous members of the 3rd Armored have included Secretary of State Colin Powell and, during the Cold War, the king of rock-and-roll, Elvis Presley.
The program repeats on Dec. 7 at 11 a.m.
Sunday on Discovery Channel at 8 p.m., "Wings Over Afghanistan" explains some lethal new technologies that pinpointed enemy positions for a devastating effect in the war on terror.
Sunday, Friday and Saturday on Food Network. On Sunday at 9 p.m., "Thanksgiving Unwrapped" deals with Turkey Day including such facts as who made the first pumpkin pie and how the name "cranberry" originated. On Friday at 10 p.m., the cooks of "Iron Chef" get into a turkey battle, and on Saturday at 2 p.m., "Sara's Thanksgiving Secrets" premieres with hints to help viewers make meals beautiful and stress-free.
Monday on Lifetime at 7 p.m., "Intimate Portrait: Toni Braxton" profiles the Maryland recording star who was discovered at a gas station and is conquering controversy, bankruptcy and even Broadway.
Monday on The History Channel at 9 p.m., the premiere of "Below Sea Level: Magellan's Lost Fleet," a look at how modern science tries to solve the centuries-old mystery of what happened to all but one ship in the explorer's fleet.
Monday on A&E Network at 10 p.m., "Investigative Reports: Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity." Patients and experts explore why so many mentally ill people wind up in the criminal justice system and how hard or easy it is to get into and out of a forensic hospital.
Tuesday on Animal planet at 8 p.m., "Turkey!" focuses on one of the most misunderstood and most eaten birds on the planet by exploring the history of the wild turkey. The turkey, once on the brink of extinction, now flourishes.