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 32

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Reluctant

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

1:11

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Adding Sound

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

1:51

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Chocolate Roast Beef

Ray Leopold discusses the mixture of food available at meal times

1:50

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Growing Up

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

2:12

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Intimidating

“The War” was an intimidating project

2:21

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Iwo Jima

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

11:23

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Joining Up

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

4:39

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The Holocaust

Ray Leopold, Burnett Miller, Dwain Luce and others discuss the horror of the Holocaust

7:45

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Previews 8

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A World Without War - Preview

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

0:30

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The Ghost Front - Preview

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

0:30

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FUBAR - Preview

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

0:30

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Pride of Our Nation - Preview

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

0:30

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