The Mariana Islands are located 1,500 miles from Japan in the Central Pacific. In 1944 this proximity made them strategically important to the U.S. war effort. The U.S. Army Air Forces wanted to use the islands as launching pads for B-29 bomber attacks on Japanese targets. The islands were also crucial for the Japanese, who had 30,000 troops stationed on the island of Saipan to stop the American advance.
The staggering death tolls of the Civil War permanently altered the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people.
Harry Truman was responsible for finding America's place at the start of the Cold War. Part of the award-winning Presidents collection.
This 11-hour series analyzes the costs and consequences of the war that changed a generation and continues to color American thinking today.
America's Robin Hood who robbed not only the rich but the poor and defenseless as well, always saving the treasure for himself. Part of the Wild West collection.
Two days in 1967 revealed a nation divided over a war that continues to haunt us.
The Alaskan Highway stands today as one of the boldest homeland security initiatives ever undertaken.
During the defining months of the offensive against Germany, American forces faced a moral and strategic dilemma.
The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.