March 1945. Japan feels the pressure coming from all fronts-ships from the sea, boots on the ground, and fire from the sky. The Japanese Empire has been weakened, but there is no sign of surrender. ...
The Allies celebrate the end of the war in Europe, but the Pacific War rages on. Okinawa, the last stop in the island-hopping campaign to the Japanese mainland, is absolute havoc, with Japan sending ...
This 8-part series tries to cover the experience of the fighting man while giving an overall picture of the progress of the war.
It uses real colour film with only a tiny amount of colourized footage. This naturally limits what can be shown. But it shouldn't limit the accuracy of the narration and it's here that the series falls down.
When discussing Tarawa, we're told that Shermans had a 37mm gun. It didn't, they had 75's. It was the Stuarts, which were also used at Tarawa, that had 37's. When discussing the arrival of the Hellcat we're shown footage of a Corsair. (Once we're shown footage of a Corsair when discussing the Superfortress!) We're told Nimitz sent 4 carriers towards the Coral Sea but not that only 2 got there in time for the battle. In covering Midway, the attack on the Yorktown is shown before the American attacks on the Japanese carriers. These slips show a carelessness that sadly is all to frequent in documentaries that don't properly check their own documents.
On the plus side I though the maps illustrated the conditions facing the fighting men nicely.
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