A World Without War
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A Necessary War
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…
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…
A Deadly Calling
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…
Pride of Our Nation
Part of the Series: Ken Burns: The War
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 of the greatest invasions in history: the invasion of…
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…
Firestorm
After suffering heavy losses of aircraft during attacks on German factories, Winston Churchill orders cities to be targeted in order to smash German morale and reduce the number of workers available for the Nazi war machine. Hundreds of thousands of German civilians are killed as incendiary bombs turn the center…
The Reich Underground
HITLER'S SECRET LABYRINTHS EXPLORED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DECADES Late in World War II, while Germany sustained relentless bombing by the Allies, the Nazis undertook a bold gambit to turn the war back in their favor. Building an extensive tunnel system deep underground to house armament factories, Nazi leaders…
Heinrich Himmler - The Decent One
On May 6th 1945, soldiers of the US Army occupied the Heinrich Himmler family home in Gmund Germany where they discovered hundreds of private letters, documents, diaries and photographs. The Decent One makes use of these materials to sketch the biography and expose the inner mind, ideals, plans and secrets…
Ken Burns: The War
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Emmy nominated documentary series 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…
Liberators: Fighting on Two Fronts in World War II
A feature documentary about African-American soldiers in World War II who fought in the segregated US Army and helped liberate Nazi concentration camps. Academy Award Nomination, Feature Documentary, 1992 IDA Award CINE Golden Eagle CICAE Award Holocaust Humanitarian Award Links Award World Festival Premiere: Berlin Film Festival, 1992
Ralph Rush - World War II Veteran
Ralph Rush served as a lead scout for General Patton's army in the 89th division during WWII. Mr. Rush was one of the first to witness the atrocities committed by the Nazis. As a scout he was part of the division that liberated the first concentration camp, Ohrdruf, on April…