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The War: A Ken Burns Film (2007)

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Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick directed and produced this seven-part series for PBS titled The War, which examines how the Second World War affected four small American towns that are intended to represent the epitome of American life at the time. The stories told in the film come directly from veterans who lived through the historic events, some of the bloodiest and most critical battles of modern warfare, and loved ones back home who watched young men disappearing all around them as the war waged on, in the form of on-camera interviews.

Those stories are supported by archival footage from the battlefields, photos, home movies, letters, and newspaper articles from all over the world. No historians or 'experts' are spoken with in the series, with the intention of all stories coming from individuals that actually lived through the moments.

 (December 1941 to December 1942) - Covers the lead-up to the war and the prevailing anti-war sentiment that was shattered by Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor.

 (January 1943 to December 1943) - Deals in the conversion of the country's industrial machine from commercial to a war-minded one, and the Allied planning to invade the European continent.

 (November 1943 to June 1944) - Touches on some of the political and social ramifications of the war back home.

 (June 1944 to August 1944) - D-Day and its aftermath.

 (September 1944 to December 1944) - Explores the vast differences between the perception of having won the war post D-Day, and the reality of men losing their lives in record numbers.

 (December 1944 to March 1945) - Some of the darker moments of the tail end of the war - the Battle of the Bulge and the taxing war in the Pacific.

 (March 1945 to September 1945) - The final days leading up to the Nazi surrender and the dropping of the atomic bomb, and the world post-war.


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