Ken Burns: The War

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A Necessary War
Episode One "A Necessary War" December 1941-December 1942 After a haunting overview of the Second World War, an epoch of killing that engulfed the world from 1939 to 1945 and…
When Things Get Tough
Episode Two "When Things Get Tough" January 1943-December 1943 By January 1943, Americans have been at war for more than a year. The Germans, with their vast war machine, still…
A Deadly Calling
Episode Three "A Deadly Calling" November 1943-June 1944 In fall 1943, after almost two years of war, the American public is able to see for the first time the terrible…
Pride of Our Nation
Episode Four "Pride of Our Nation" June 1944-August 1944 By June 1944, there are signs on both sides of the world that the tide of the war is turning. On…
FUBAR
Episode Five "FUBAR" September 1944-December 1944 By September 1944, in Europe at least, the Allies seem to be moving steadily toward victory. "Militarily," General Dwight Eisenhower's chief of staff tells…
The Ghost Front
Episode Six "The Ghost Front" December 1944-March 1945 By December 1944, Americans have become weary of the war their young men have been fighting for three long years; the stream…
A World Without War
Episode Seven "A World Without War" March 1945-September 1945 In spring 1945, although the numbers of dead and wounded have more than doubled since D-Day, the people of Mobile, Sacramento,…

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