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Explore the history and horror of World War II from an American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and women who became caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history. This epic film focuses on the stories of citizens from four American towns taking the viewer through their personal and harrowing journeys, painting vivid portraits of how the war altered their lives.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoA Necessary War (December 1941 - December 1942)||The tranquil lives of the citizens of Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; and Luverne, Minnesota are shattered on December 7, 1941, as they, along with the rest of America, are thrust into the greatest cataclysm in history.||2:22:22||$6.99||View In iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoWhen Things Get Tough (January 1943 - December 1943)||Americans mobilize for total war at home and overseas. Factories hum around the clock, while inexperienced GIs learn how to fight. Meanwhile, in the skies over Europe, thousands of American airmen embark on daylight bombing missions.||1:54:49||$6.99||View In iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoA Deadly Calling (November 1943 - June 1944)||Americans are shocked by terrible losses in the Pacific, while Allied forces are stalled for months at Monte Cassino, and a risky landing fails. At home, as "war towns" boom, economic transformation leads to confrontation and ugly racial violence.||1:50:17||$6.99||View In iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoPride of Our Nation (June 1944 - August 1944)||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.||2:16:48||$6.99||View In iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoFUBAR (September 1944 - December 1944)||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.||2:04:31||$6.99||View In iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Ghost Front (December 1944 - March 1945)||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.||1:57:01||$6.99||View In iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoA World Without War (March 1945 - December 1945)||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.||2:05:01||$6.99||View In iTunes|
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If you are Ken Burns fan, then you do not need to read further, this is his best since the Civil War.
Unlike most historic documentaries, however, his ambition is not to retell the entire story of World War II. Instead he decides to explore it by choosing a handful of US soldiers and following their stories - from their hometowns, their families and friends, and the soldiers' own story through some of the major campaigns.
The heart of the movie is the narrative by the soldiers. This is an intentionally US-centric tale of the war. Compellingly told, augmented with lots of historic footage as you would expect, it really gives you a sense of what it was like to live through this period of time as a soldier, a citizen, a relative of those who went off to fight.
I came away with a much better understanding of the period than I have gotten from watching more conventional documentaries on the subject.
Ken Burns is simply the best...
I have seen many Ken Burns documetaries and this is of equal caliber and quality to that of the Civil War Series.... Absolutely gripping and heart shattering. It is truly the ONLY depiction of WW2 I have seen that puts it straight in your face - the horror, the failure, the triumph......as close to being there (heaven forbid) that I ever care to be. God bless.. Ken Burns has done it again. 5 stars without doubt.
NO HD! Put it in HD and I'll buy it, if not, you can keep it.