The War

The War, a seven-part documentary series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the history and horror of the Second World War from an American perspective by following the fortunes of so-called ordinary men and women who become caught up in one of the greatest cataclysms in human history. Six years in the making, this epic 15-hour film focuses on the stories of citizens from four geographically distributed American towns. These four communities stand in for — and could represent — any town in the United States that went through the war's four devastating years.

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Clips 33

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The War

Joseph Medicine Crow

Joe Medicine Crow, the last war chief of the Crow Tribe of Montana is profiled in The War.

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Joseph Medicine Crow

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Reluctant

Ken Burns talks about his decision to make “The War.”

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Reluctant

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Adding Sound

The filmmakers talk about adding sound to the amazing archived video.

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Adding Sound

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The War

Chocolate Roast Beef

Ray Leopold discusses the mixture of food available at meal times

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Chocolate Roast Beef

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The War

Growing Up

Sam Hines talks about growing up in Minneapolis in 1941and the excitement of the service.

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Growing Up

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Intimidating

“The War” was an intimidating project

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Intimidating

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The War

Iwo Jima

America needed to take Iwo Jima to secure a base for US Bombers.

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Iwo Jima

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Joining Up

Burnett Miller, Ray Leopold and Sam Hynes talk about joining up during the war

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Joining Up

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Previews 8

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The War

A World Without War - Preview

Episode 7 airs Wednesday, August 8, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.

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A World Without War - Preview

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The War

The Ghost Front - Preview

Episode 6 airs Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.

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The Ghost Front - Preview

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The War

FUBAR - Preview

Episode 5 airs Monday, August 6, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.

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FUBAR - Preview

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The War

Pride of Our Nation - Preview

Episode 4 airs Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Check your local listings.

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Pride of Our Nation - Preview

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