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The Ghost Front
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
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 of newspaper headlines telling of new losses and telegrams bearing bad news from the War Department seem endless and unendurable.…
A Necessary War
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The 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 cost at least 50 million lives, the inhabitants of four towns -- Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; Waterbury, Connecticut; and Luverne,…
FUBAR
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
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 press, "this war is over." But in the coming months, on both sides of the world, a generation of…
A Deadly Calling
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
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 toll the war is taking on its troops when Life publishes a photograph of the bodies of three GIs killed…
Pride of Our Nation
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
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 June 6, 1944 -- D-Day -- in the European Theater, a million and a half Allied troops embark on one…
When Things Get Tough
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
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 occupy most of Western Europe, and the Allies have not yet been able to agree on a plan or a…
Okinawa: The Afterburn - A Comprehensive Look at the Battle of Okinawa
Released in Japan on the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Okinawa, OKINAWA: THE AFTERBURN is the first documentary to provide a comprehensive look at the battle and the ensuing 70-year occupation of Okinawa by the United States military. On April 1, 1945, American troops landed on Okinawa, beginning a…
Ken Burns: The War
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The War is a story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four American towns. The war touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in American and demonstrated that in extraordinary times, there are no…
Flowers and Troops (Hana to Heitai)
Inspired by the documentaries of the great Imamura Shohei, under whom the filmmaker studied, this film explores the lives of Japanese soldiers who chose not to return to Japan when the war finished, but who stayed behind in south-east Asia to build new lives for themselves. "I still have a…
Rain of Ruin
This powerful video features a comprehensive examination of one of the most important, yet little-understood episodes in modern history - the several months leading up to the atomic bombings of Japan, which both ended World War II and shaped the world's geo-political landscape for the next 50 years. To compel…
The Common Cause
Part of the Series: The Roosevelts
"The Common Cause" 1939-1944 By the late summer of 1939, Franklin Delano Roosevelt is halfway through his second term in office. Both he and Eleanor are tired and looking forward to retirement, but when Germany invades Poland on September 2, 1939, everything changes. Although the United States is poorly prepared…
Last Flight Home
They bravely served their country during some of the most brutal battles of World War II so we could have the freedom we enjoy today. But, in an instant, they were lost to their families forever. For more than 60 years, the whereabouts of these fallen heroes remained a mystery...until…