The War 

I don’t think there is such a thing as a good war.  There are sometimes necessary wars.  And I think one might say just wars.  And that never, I never questioned the necessity of that war.  And I still do not question it. It was something that had to be done." — SAM HYNES

The War

THE WAR is the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four American towns. The war touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America and demonstrated that in extraordinary times there are no ordinary lives.   

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Burnett Miller, Ray Leopold and Sam Hynes talk about why they fought.
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Babe Ciarlo at Anzio Beach
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Babe Ciarlo at Anzio Beach

Serving in Anzio, Babe Ciarlo never revealed his experiences in his letters home.

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African-Americans Troops Training

The armed forces of the United States remained strictly segregated.

Here Lie Three Americans
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Here Lie Three Americans

LIFE magazine published the first image of dead American servicemen in the 9/20/43 issue.

Pearl Harbor: The Attack
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Pearl Harbor: The Attack

Daniel Inouye was preparing to go to church when the attack on Pearl Harbor began.

Reluctant
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Reluctant

Ken Burns talks about his decision to make “The War” and why he was reluctant to make it.

That's War
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That's War

Young soldier Daniel Inouye comes face-to-face with the enemy.

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