The War

  • 2007
  • 1 Season

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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When Things Get Tough: January 1943 - December 1943
00:30 — When Things Get Tough: January 1943 - December 1943
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
Knew Id Killed Men
01:42 — Fighter pilot Quentin Aanenson recalls the first time he knew he'd 'killed men.'
Here Lie Three Americans
02:14 — In the September 20, 1943 issue, LIFE magazine published the first image of dead American servicemen that American civilians had been allowed to see i (more…)
02:21 — Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick talk about why The War was such an intimidating project and how they made the film.
The Ghost Front - Preview
00:30 — Episode Six The Ghost Front December 1944-March 1945
Thats War
01:26 — Young soldier Daniel Inouye comes face-to-face with the enemy.
D Day in Luverne
05:10 — Al McIntosh writes about D-Day in the Rock County Star Herald.
Babe Ciarlo in Anzio
05:52 — Serving on the front lines at Anzio beach, Babe Ciarlo never revealed his experiences in his letters home.
A World Without War - Preview
00:30 — Episode Seven A World Without War March 1945-December 1945
Short Intro
02:55 — Short Introduction to 'The War'
Wynton Marsalis on the film’s music
01:22 — Wynton Marsalis talks about composing original music for The War.
Pride of Our Nation - Preview
00:30 — Episode Four Pride of Our Nation June 1944-August 1944
FUBAR - Preview
00:30 — Episode Five FUBAR September 1944-December 1944
D Day Invasion
02:13 — On June 6, 1944, D-Day in the European Theater, a million and a half Allied troops embark on one of the greatest invasions in history; the invasion of (more…)
A Necessary War - Preview
00:30 — THE WAR, a seven-part documentary series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the history and horror of the Second World War f (more…)
The War Comes Home to Luverne
01:24 — Al McIntosh writes of personal losses the war brought to those in Luverne.
Why We Fight
04:39 — Burnett Miller, Ray Leopold and Sam Hynes talk about why they fought.
What was it like
00:46 — Ken Burns talks about his goal for the film, to discover, What was it like?
When Things Get Tough - Preview
00:30 — Episode Two When Things Get Tough January 1943-December 1943
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