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 U.S. and the Soviet Union race to build the hydrogen bomb during the Cold War, thus beginning the nuclear arms race.
American prisoners of war in North Vietnam tell of their experiences at the Hanoi Hilton and other notorious prisons.
With the clock ticking and the city under fire how many could be saved?
This 11-hour series analyzes the costs and consequences of the war that changed a generation and continues to color American thinking today.
A nation comes of age
The Battle of the Bulge was the biggest and bloodiest single battle American soldiers ever fought.
On June 6, 1944, Allied troops invaded Normandy, fighting to free Europe from Nazi occupation and end World War II.
The international race to develop biological weapons during the 20th century.