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Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
In fall 1943, after almost two years of war, the American public is able to see for the first time the terrible toll the war is taking on its troops when Life publishes a photograph of the bodies of three GIs killed in action at Buna. Despite American victories in…
FUBAR
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
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 press, "this war is over." But in the coming months, on both sides of the world, a generation of young men will learn a lesson…
The Ghost Front
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
By December 1944, Americans have become weary of the war their young men have been fighting for three long years; the stream of newspaper headlines telling of new losses and telegrams bearing bad news from the War Department seem endless and unendurable. In the Pacific, American progress has been slow…
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Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
After a haunting overview of the Second World War, an epoch of killing that engulfed the world from 1939 to 1945 and cost at least 50 million lives, the inhabitants of four towns -- Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; and Luverne, Minnesota -- recall their communities on the eve…
A World Without War
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
In spring 1945, although the numbers of dead and wounded have more than doubled since D-Day, the people of Mobile, Sacramento, Waterbury and Luverne understand all too well that there will be more bad news from the battlefield before the war can end. That March, when Americans go to the…
When Things Get Tough
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
By January 1943, Americans have been at war for more than a year. The Germans, with their vast war machine, still occupy most of Western Europe, and the Allies have not yet been able to agree on a plan or a timetable to dislodge them. For the time being, they…
Conflict In Europe Part 2
Part of the Series: Conflict In Europe
One of the major turning points of the war major was the Soviet victory at Stalingrad in 1943. This was followed by the Allied victory in North Africa and the subsequent invasion of Sicily and Italy. The Russians would have another major victory at Kursk in July 1943, the beginning…
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Narrated by 2012 Emmy Award-winner Damian Lewis, who played Richard D. Winters in HBO's Band of Brothers. Tells the story of the building and dedication of the Richard D. Winters Leadership monument in Normandy, France in June of 2012. The film focuses on the leader of World War II's "Band…
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Road to Tokyo
By late 1944, the worst of World War Two appears to be over. Germany is awaiting defeat after D-Day and Japan has been repulsed from Australia's doorstep. But the conflict in the Pacific is about to hot up and it will be a long road to Tokyo for the Allies...…