The War (2007)
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FUBAR: September 1944 - December 1944 

Victory in Europe seems imminent, but in Holland, the Vosges Mountains, and the Hurtgen Forest, GIs learn painful lessons as old as war itself--that generals make plans, plans go wrong and ... See full summary »

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Ken Burns (co-director), Lynn Novick (co-director)
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Keith David ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Quentin Aanenson Quentin Aanenson ... Himself - Resident of Luverne, Minnesota
Emma Belle Pelcher Emma Belle Pelcher ... Herself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Paul Fussell Paul Fussell ... Himself - Infantry
Harry Schmid Harry Schmid ... Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Dwain Luce Dwain Luce ... Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Sidney Phillips Sidney Phillips ... Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Katharine Phillips Katharine Phillips ... Herself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Willie Rushton Willie Rushton ... Himself - Resident of Mobile, Alabama
Burt Wilson Burt Wilson ... Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California
William Perkins William Perkins ... Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Walter Thompson Walter Thompson ... Himself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Jeroline Green Jeroline Green ... Herself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Barbara Covington Barbara Covington ... Herself - Resident of Sacramento, California
Sascha Weinzheimer Sascha Weinzheimer ... Herself - Resident of Sacramento Valley, California
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Victory in Europe seems imminent, but in Holland, the Vosges Mountains, and the Hurtgen Forest, GIs learn painful lessons as old as war itself--that generals make plans, plans go wrong and soldiers die. Meanwhile, on the island of Peleliu, the Marines fight one of the most brutal, and unnecessary, battles of the Pacific. Written by Anonymous

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30 September 2007 (USA) See more »

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Florentine Films,WETA See more »
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References Flying Tigers (1942) See more »

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Passacaglia - The Death of Falstaff from 'Henry V'
by William Walton
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More Battles And Plenty Of Heroics & Suffering
26 October 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This disc only covers a few months - from September through December in 1944 - but it has a lot in it, just as the other discs, and a lot of its powerful.

I didn't take any notes but I remember a bunch of sights, such as the skies filled with men parachuting in Belgium. That campaign, "Operation Market Garden," initiated by Britain's Gen. Montgomery, was a disaster. Another was a raid on Peleliu, a small island in the Pacific, which also turned brutal, thanks to the Japanese digging in, in these incredibly-built, fortified caves. "There's nothing left to bomb," says one naval officer but then when the Marines land, they get the same surprise as what happened to the soldiers at Iwo Jima (except, thankfully, with fewer losses. However, the assignment was expected to take four days and it took four months!)

A couple of the guys from Mobile, Ala., that have been featured in this series, were among the Marines on that island. One of them wrote a diary, where he writes of his frustration over matters. His most vivid descriptions, I thought, were those of seeing dead bodies in their different stages of death and decay - gruesome stuff. It's a wonder more of these men didn't wind up mental cases the rest of their lives, the horrors they saw described here.

The gist of some of this episode seemed to be how the infantry suffered everywhere, that the men in control of decisions were fairly safe-and-sound but the guys on the ground - the average men - did all the fighting and dying, and all the suffering and witnessing of the almost unspeakable brutality.

Other memorable scenes and words included the bravery of the Japanese-American fighting unit; the horror of a man being introduced to the shock of war by seeing two dead Germans who looked to be 12-year-old boys with brains sticking out of their head and - maybe the most amazing battle site of the entire war - the ultra-thick and dark Hurtgen Forest in Germany - another place that produced a high death-rate total, a disaster on both sides when the fighting stopped.

The stories just keep getting more incredible as the tales of this war continue.


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