This series profiles World War II as seen primarily through the eyes of people living in just four U.S. Cities. This episode details an antebellum period before the attack on Pearl Harbor, that attack, the fall of the Phillipines, the Bataan Death March and the fighting at Guadalcanal. Written by
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After the narrator says that General MacArthur had nine days to prepare in the Philippines but failed to protect parked aircraft, historic photos appear of a radioman, aircraft parked, and then (with bombing sound effects) a photo meant to convey a bomb-damaged airplane. The latter photo however really shows a salvage yard hulk with all four propellers neatly and cleanly removed from the motor housings - at the seams. Bombs inflict jagged random damage; the "bomb damage" photo shows the methodical results of workers with wrenches rather than the chaos of high explosives. See more
Features Prelude to War
Passacaglia - The Death of Falstaff from 'Henry V'
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