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World War II: The War in the Pacific [2 Discs] [DVD]

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World War II: The War Chronicles - The Return to the Philippines
Commentary from war experts and graphic, often brutal, footage from real naval disputes, air battles, and hand-to-hand combat round out this extensive series originally broadcast by the History Channel. The series travels the globe to present a historical account and strategic interpretation of the Great War that shaped history and changed the world forever. This volume tracks General Douglas MacArthur's promise to return to the Philippines after his evacuation to Australia. Almost two years later he made good on his word, and landed on Leyte. The program details the attacks and assaults under MacArthur's renewed direction that freed the Southeast Asian country from the grip of the Japanese. ~ Karen Solomon, Rovi

World War II: The War Chronicles - Admiral William "Bull" Halsey
This video chronicles the campaigns of Admiral "Bull" Halsey, perhaps America's best-known naval combat leader and a man whose flamboyant personality made him the seaborne equivalent of General George S. Patton. Halsey immediately understood the implications of the aircraft carrier as the weapon of decision in a new sort of naval war, and the tactics he developed are widely credited as leading to the eventual defeat of Imperial Japan. ~ Rob Ferrier, Rovi

World War II: The War Chronicles - The Bloody Ridges of Peleiu
This program, hosted by Patrick O'Neal, is part of a series that chronicles some of the major battles that, in retrospect, were turning points in the course of World War II. This episode recounts the story of the bloody battle for an atoll in the Pacific that cost the U.S. Marines so many lives in the fight for freedom. Peleiu was its name. Archival film clips, photography, the personal recollections of veterans, and commentary by historians tell the story of the guerilla warfare that defined the battle at Peleiu. ~ Rose of Sharon Winter, Rovi

World War II: The War Chronicles - Naval Warriors
World War II: The War Chronicles - Okinawa, The Last Battle
Commentary from war experts and graphic, often brutal, footage from real naval disputes, air battles, and hand-to-hand combat round out this extensive series originally broadcast by the History Channel. The series travels the globe to present a historical account and strategic interpretation of the Great War that shaped history and changed the world forever. This volume explores the action in one of the bloodiest battles of the war, fought in the Ryukya Island chain. About 125,000 men from both sides and nearly 8,000 Japanese aircraft were lost in this struggle for the Okinowan outpost. ~ Karen Solomon, Rovi

World War II: The War Chronicles - Air War in the Pacific
War in the Pacific revolved around the application of air power. The carrier quickly replaced the battleship as the arm of naval decision. Islands were fought over because of their suitability for airfields. The opening shot of war was fired by a carrier-based plane at Pearl Harbor, and it was American bombers that finally forced Japanese acquiescence with the fire bombings of Japanese cities and the eventual dropping of the atomic bomb. This video offers a broad overview of the air war over the waters of the Pacific, relying heavily on contemporary footage. ~ Rob Ferrier, Rovi

World War II: The War Chronicles - Island Hopping, The Road Back
Commentary from war experts and graphic, often brutal, footage from real naval disputes, air battles, and hand-to-hand combat round out this extensive series originally broadcast by the History Channel. The series travels the globe to present a historical account and strategic interpretation of the Great War that shaped history and changed the world forever. In this volume, moving black-and-white footage and rare color imagery document the strategy that led the Allies to victory. The program shows the chain of events of battles fought in the Pacific, including the understated Battle of Peteliu, an attempt to liberate the Gilbert Islands. ~ Karen Solomon, Rovi

World War II: The War Chronicles - Jungle Warfare, New Guinea to Burma
Commentary from war experts and graphic, often brutal, footage from real naval disputes, air battles, and hand-to-hand combat round out this extensive series originally broadcast by the History Channel. The series travels the globe to present a historical account and strategic interpretation of the Great War that shaped history and changed the world forever. This volume looks at the jungle that American and Japanese soldiers faced when fighting overseas. As if battling at the front lines weren't difficult enough, jungle operations also meant dealing with dangerous animals and insects, as well as battling extreme heat and tropical diseases. This series segment details the often forgotten difficulties that soldiers dealt with on a daily basis while fighting for their country. ~ Karen Solomon, Rovi

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