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.
In the Philippines, Army Rangers liberated 513 prisoners of war three years after the Bataan Death March.
This 11-hour series analyzes the costs and consequences of the war that changed a generation and continues to color American thinking today.
During World War II, more than a thousand women signed up to fly with the U.S. military as WASPS.
With over a million already dead, heroic American soldiers and nurses served in the closing battles of World War I.
The U.S. government's response to the Holocaust was slow and fueled by complex social and political factors.
With the clock ticking and the city under fire how many could be saved?
Winner, 2010 Peabody Award --- The 1968 My Lai massacre, its subsequent cover-up, and the soldiers who broke ranks to bring the atrocity to light.
General Douglas MacArthur led American troops in World Wars I and II before being fired by President Harry Truman during the Korean War.