The series finale recalls the events of Aug. 12-18, 1945, when the Japanese surrendered to the Allies, ending the war. Included: Truman delivers an address from the portico of the White House; Emperor Hirohito makes a broadcast to the Japanese; VJ Day is declared a national holiday.
The events of July 29 to Aug. 4, 1945, are recalled. Included: Allied forces attack Japanese aircraft factories at Hamamutsu and southern Honshu; Allied mines are dropped in China to stop Japanese shipping on the Yangtze River; the Japanese sink the USS Indianapolis in the Philippines; the Potsdam Conference comes to a close.
The events of July 8-14, 1945, are recalled. Included: Chinese forces move east in Indochina; U.S. and British troops control their sectors of Berlin; Gen. Eisenhower delivers a farewell message to Allied forces in Europe.
The events of July 1-7, 1945, are recalled. Included: Australian troops land at Balikpapan, Indonesia; U.S. occupation troops arrive in Berlin; Gen. MacArthur announces that the Philippines are free from Japanese occupation.
The events of June 24-30, 1945, are recalled. Included: confiscated Nazi banners are dragged through Red Square; representatives from 50 countries sign the United Nations Charter; and President Truman approves a plan to invade Japan.
The events of June 10-16, 1945, are recalled. Included: the conquest of Okinawa is imminent; Eisenhower and Montgomery receive the Soviet Order of Victory; Eisenhower receives England's Order of Merit.
The events of May 27-June 2, 1945, are recalled. Included: the fighting on Okinawa continues; In Europe, Nazi sympathizers are transfered from the USSR to Yugoslavia. Also: a profile of Army general Simon Bolivar Buckner.
The events of May 20-26, 1945, are recalled. Included: American troops suffer losses on Okinawa; U.S. bombers target mainland Japan; Japanese troops fight to hold territory in the Philippines; Heinrich Himmler commits suicide in Europe.
The events of April 29-May 5, 1945, are recalled. Included: Hitler, Eva Braun and Hitler's aides commit suicide; Dachau is liberated; Germany surrenders to the Allies; fighting subsides in the Philippines.
The events of April 22-28, 1945, are recalled. Included: the Red Army prepares to take Berlin; Hitler learns of Mussolini's execution and public humiliation; the Battle of Okinawa continues in the Pacific.
The events of April 8-14, 1945, are recalled. Included: the death of FDR; the discovery in Berlin of stolen art works and a cache of gold. In the Pacific, the Battle of Okinawa continues; the bombing of Tokyo takes place.
The events of April 1-7, 1945, are recalled. Included: Gen. Eisenhower halts his Allied forces at the Elbe River; Russian forces reach Berlin; and, in the Pacific, the initial stages of the Battle of Okinawa begin.
March 18-24, 1945 is recalled. Included: Allied forces prepare to cross the Rhine and go to Berlin; German troops fall to Soviet forces; U.S. forces invade the island of Panay in the Philippines; the RAF attacks a gestapo headquarters in Denmark.
Recalling the events of Feb. 18-24, 1945. Included: the Battle of Iwo Jima, where Marines engaged in a brutal conflict against Japanese soldiers hidden in underground tunnels. Also: the advance of U.S. forces on Manila.
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Premiered: February 25, 2005
Premise: The final days of World War II are examined.