The War

  • 2007
  • TV Show
  • None

A 14-hour documentary that chronicles World War II through the experiences of everyday Americans from Luverne, Minn.; Mobile, Ala.; Sacramento; and Waterbury, Conn.

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Ken Burns, <EM>The War</EM>

Ken Burns Goes to War, Unravels Untold Stories

As long as I live, I will never forget the sound of my friend's voice on the phone, or the two words he managed, through tears, to blurt out: "He's back." Before I explain what he meant, some background: It had only been a few days since I'd reluct… Read more

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A World Without War: March 1945 - September 1945 Season 1, Episode 7 Oct 2, 2007 Subscription

A few weeks after the death of President Roosevelt shocks the country Germany surrenders. In August American places drop atomic bombs and the Japanese too surrender. Millions return to home – to try to learn how to live in a world without war.

The Ghost Front: December 1944 - March 1945 Season 1, Episode 6 Oct 1, 2007 Subscription

Americans are shocked by Hitler's counterattack in the Ardennes Forest – but by March 1945 they are across the Rhine while the Russians are 50 miles from Berlin. In the Pacific Iwo Jima is secured and American bombers begin an air assault on Japan.

FUBAR: September 1944 - December 1944 Season 1, Episode 5 Sep 30, 2007 Subscription

Victory in Europe seems imminent but GIs learn painful lessons as old as war itself – that generals make plans plans go wrong and soldiers die. Meanwhile the Marines fight one of the most brutal and unnecessary battles of the Pacific.

Pride of Our Nation: June 1944 - August 1944 Season 1, Episode 4 Sep 26, 2007 Subscription

On June 6 1944 D-Day 1.5 million Allied troops take part in the greatest invasion in history. Saipan proves the costliest Pacific battle to date while back home dreaded telegrams from the War Department begin arriving at an inconceivable rate.

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Why “The War” will be remembered
02:32 — Ken Burns and Lynn Novick talk about why WWII will always be remembered.
Adding Sound
01:51 — The filmmakers talk about the process of adding sound to the silent archive video footage they had for The War.
Battle of the Bulge
00:51 — Mobile's Tom Gallaway finds himself on the frozen front lines as the shells start falling in the Battle of the Bulge.
Pearl Harbor: The Attack
02:47 — Daniel Inouye was preparing to go to church with his family when the attack on Pearl Harbor began

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  • Premiered: September 23, 2007
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: A 14-hour documentary that chronicles World War II through the experiences of everyday Americans from Luverne, Minn.; Mobile, Ala.; Sacramento; and Waterbury, Conn. (more)

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