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Seven-Part Documentary Series: The War, A Ken Burns Film

Monday, September 24, 2007

ETV to Air: Seven-Part Documentary Series: The War, A Ken Burns Film

(Directed & Produced by: Ken Burns and Lynn Novick)

THE WAR, a seven-part documentary series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four quintessentially American towns.

The series explores the most intimate human dimensions of the greatest cataclysm in history — a worldwide catastrophe that touched the lives of families across America — and demonstrates that in extraordinary times, there are no ordinary lives.

The Second World War was fought in thousands of places, too many for any one accounting. This is the story of four American towns and how their citizens experienced that war.
Watch “PBS Previews: THE WAR – A Ken Burns Film” (approx. 26 minutes)

Episode One – A Necessary War (December 1941 – December 1942)
After a haunting overview of the 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: Luverne, Minnesota, Sacramento, California, Waterbury, Connecticut, and Mobile, Alabama, recall their communities on the eve of the conflict.
Airs: Sun., Sept. 23 at 8-10:30pm

Episode Two – When Things Get Tough (January 1943 – December 1943)
By January of 1943, Americans have been at war for more than a year. But 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. Across the country, in cities such as Mobile and Waterbury, nearly all manufacturing is converted to the war effort.
Airs: Mon., Sept. 24 at 8-10pm

Episode Three – A Deadly Calling (November 1943 – June 1944)
In the fall of 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 their troops, when Life publishes a photograph of the bodies of three GIs killed in action at Buna. Despite American victories in the Solomons and New Guinea, the Japanese empire still stretches 4,000 miles and victory seems a long way off.
Airs: Tues., Sept. 25 at 8-10pm

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 6th, 1944 — D Day — in the European Theater, a million and a half allied troops embark one of the greatest invasions in history – the invasion of France. It is the bloodiest day in American history since the Civil War, with nearly 2,500 Americans losing their lives.
Airs: Wed., Sept. 26 at 8-10:30pm

Episode 5 – FUBAR (September 1944 – December 1945)
By September of 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 as old as war itself, that generals make plans, plans go wrong, and soldiers die.
Airs: Sun., Sept 30 at 8-10pm

Episode Six – The Ghost Front (December 1944 – March 1945)
By December of 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, seems endless and unendurable.
Airs: Mon., Oct 1 at 8-10pm

Episode Seven – A World Without War (March 1945 – September 1945)
In the spring of 1945, although the numbers of dead and wounded have more than doubled just since D Day, the people of Sacramento and Luverne, Waterbury and Mobile, and every other American town, understand all too well that there will be more bad news from the battlefield before the war can end.
Airs: Tues., Oct. 2 at 8-10:30pm

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Joshua

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