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When Things Get Tough

Americans mobilize for total war at home and overseas. Factories hum around the clock, while North Africa and then Italy, inexperienced GIs learn how to fight. Meanwhile, in the skies over Europe, thousands of American airmen gamble their lives against preposterous odds on daylight bombing missions.
Season 1 Episode 2 Length 1:57:14 Premiere: 8/1/12

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The War

About 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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A Necessary War

Premiered On: 09/23/2007

After Pearl Harbor, millions of men enlist in the armed forces. In the Philippines, American and Filipino forces retreat onto Bataan, and thousands are imprisoned in Manila. Japanese Americans on the West Coast are forced into internment camps, while German U-boats decimate Allied shipping off the East Coast. After the Battle of Midway, American land forces face the Japanese for the first time at Guadalcanal. Viewer discretion advised.

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When Things Get Tough

Premiered On: 09/24/2007

By January 1943, American troops are in North Africa, ready to battle Axis armies before invading southern Europe. Gen. George Patton assumes command, and American soldiers begin to beat back the Germans. In the U.S., workers flock to cities like Mobile and Waterbury, where factories run around the clock for the war effort, and more and more women enter the workforce. American airmen face preposterous odds on daylight bombing missions; Allied troops invade Sicily and southern Italy, where German resistance stiffens; and Allied leaders draw up plans for the invasion of France as Hitler strengthens his coastal defenses. Viewer discretion advised.

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A Deadly Calling

Premiered On: 09/25/2007

Seeing American combat casualties in the media for the first time strengthens public resolve to do what is necessary to end the war. Despite American victories, the Japanese empire still stretches 4,000 miles, and the Marines mount a frontal assault on the tiny Pacific atoll of Tarawa. Booming ?wartowns? experience social tensions; African Americans are admitted to the Marine Corps; and Japanese-American men, originally designated as ?enemy aliens,? are permitted to form a special combat unit. Allied forces are stalled for months in the mountains south of Rome, but finally liberate the city. Viewer discretion advised.

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Pride of Our Nation

Premiered On: 09/26/2007

On D-Day in the European theater, Allied troops embark on one of the greatest invasions in history. The Germans are in full retreat by mid-August 1944, and Paris is liberated on August 25. In the Pacific, the Marines fight the costliest battle to date on the island of Saipan. At home, War Department telegrams begin arriving at a rate inconceivable a year earlier. Viewer discretion advised.

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