The War (2007)
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A World Without War: March 1945 - September 1945 

A few weeks after the death of President Roosevelt shocks the country, Germany surrenders. Meanwhile, American sailors, soldiers and Marines endure the worst battle of the Pacific--Okinawa.... See full summary »

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Ken Burns (co-director), Lynn Novick (co-director)
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Keith David ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Sam Hynes Sam Hynes ... Himself - Marine Pilot
Emma Belle Pelcher Emma Belle Pelcher ... Herself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Maurice Bell Maurice Bell ... Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Joseph Vaghi ... Himself - Navy
Glenn D. Frazier Glenn D. Frazier ... Himself - Prisoner of War
Katharine Phillips Katharine Phillips ... Herself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Burt Wilson Burt Wilson ... Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Paul Fussell Paul Fussell ... Himself - Infantry
Daniel Inouye Daniel Inouye ... Himself - Infantry
Quentin Aanenson Quentin Aanenson ... Himself - Resident of Luverne, Minnesota
Jackie Greer Jackie Greer ... Herself - Resident of Louisiana
Burnett Miller Burnett Miller ... Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Ray Leopold Ray Leopold ... Himself - Resident of Waterbury, Connecticut
Dwain Luce Dwain Luce ... Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
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A few weeks after the death of President Roosevelt shocks the country, Germany surrenders. Meanwhile, American sailors, soldiers and Marines endure the worst battle of the Pacific--Okinawa. In August, American planes drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the Japanese, too, surrender. Millions return home--to try to learn how to live in a world without war. Written by Anonymous

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TV-14
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Release Date:

2 October 2007 (USA) See more »

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Florentine Films,WETA See more »
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Paper Doll
Written by Johnny Black
Performed by The Mills Brothers
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The final phase of WWII brilliantly documented...
31 August 2010 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Having just completed my own memoir of what it was like (as a teen) during WWII, I was drawn to this Ken Burns documentary which enabled me to relive those experiences as I recalled them.

Especially moving is the account of FDR's death, coming as it did before victory was in sight and the war came to a close. Also the impressive aerial view of the number of American warships as they prepared for battle.

The previous commentator has described in vivid detail all of the events depicted here so I'll not repeat them again. But for any student of history, this account of those days in 1945 that marked the allied victory and the great sacrifices made in the name of freedom, is one that should definitely be sought out and viewed.

Vivid and unforgettable in the telling. Hard to take are the scenes of the concentration camps and what the German villagers were taken to see, those who denied knowing anything about what was going on--despite the smell of death and human flesh from the gas ovens.

It's the kind of documentary about WWII that everyone should see.


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