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The War
Ep: 8 "A Volunteer Basis"
This 14-part series by Ken Burns brings an intimate, human perspective to the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful and men and women from four American towns. The indelible experience of combat is interwoven with the far from ordinary realities of life back home, showing how the war was a harrowing time not only for those on the front lines, but for the loved ones waiting desperately for their safe return.

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Episodes
Ep 1
A Necessary War
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Ep 2
A Very Fearful Time
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Ep 3
The Worst is Yet to Come
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Ep 4
When Things Get Tough
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Ep 5
A Helluva War
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Ep 6
A Deadly Calling
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Ep 7
Pride of Our Nation
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Ep 8
A Volunteer Basis
Watch Until September 24, 12:00am
Ep 9
FUBAR
Watch Until October 1, 12:00am
Ep 10
Life's Accidents
Watch Until October 8, 12:00am
Ep 11
The Ghost Front
Watch Until October 15, 12:00am
Ep 12
Terrible Choices
Watch September 21, 9:00pm
Ep 13
A Long Tough Road
Watch September 28, 9:00pm
Ep 14
A World Without War
Watch October 5, 9:00pm
A Necessary War
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor thrusts the United States into the greatest cataclysm in history. Millions of young men enter the armed forces and begin to train for war. (1 of 14)
A Very Fearful Time
On the East Coast, German U-boats menace Allied shipping just offshore; the United States seems unprepared for this kind of total war. After six long months of grueling combat on Guadalcanal, the Americans stop Japan's expansion in the Pacific. (2 of 14)
The Worst is Yet to Come
American troops land in North Africa and test themselves for the first time against the German and Italian armies. Back home, cities become booming "war towns" as nearly all manufacturing is converted to the war effort, and thousands of women become industrial workers. (3 of 14)
When Things Get Tough
American crews undertake daylight bombing missions against Germany. Allied forces invade Sicily and then Italy but as they advance northward towards Rome, they are frought with bad weather and challenging terrain. (4 of 14)
A Helluva War
In November 1943, U.S. Marines capture the tiny Pacific atoll of Tarawa, but at a terrible cost. Back home, as the war economy booms, racial violence erupts in cities across the country. (5 of 14)
A Deadly Calling
African Americans, incensed at the segregation of the armed forces, put pressure on the military to make some changes. In May, Allied soldiers at Cassino and Anzio finally break through, and on June 4, they liberate Rome, but they fail to capture the retreating German army. (6 of 14)
Pride of Our Nation
On June 6, 1944 - D Day - a million and a half Allied troops embark on the invasion of France. The Allies succeed in tearing a 45-mile gap in Hitler's vaunted Atlantic Wall and by day's end more than 150,000 men have landed on French soil. (7 of 14)
A Volunteer Basis
In late July, Allied forces break out of the hedgerows in Normandy, and by mid-August, the Germans are in full retreat out of France. On August 25, after four years of Nazi occupation, Paris is liberated. (8 of 14)
FUBAR
On the Western Front, American and British troops massed on the German border are desperately short of fuel, having outrun their supply lines. Allied commanders gamble on a risky plan to drop thousands of airborne troops behind enemy lines in Holland. (9 of 14)
Life's Accidents
In the late fall of 1944 American soldiers suffer terrible losses when they are ordered into the forbidding and fiercely defended terrain of the Hurtgen Forest and the Vosges Mountains. (10 of 14)
The Ghost Front
In Europe, the allies are totally unprepared for Hitler's massive counterattack in the Ardennes Forest of Belgium and Luxemburg. It is the biggest battle of the War on the Western Front, fought during the coldest winter in memory. (11 of 14)
Terrible Choices
In the Pacific, on the volcanic island of Iwo Jima, the Marines face 21,000 Japanese defenders who, without hope of reinforcement, have been ordered to kill as many Americans as possible before being killed themselves. (12 of 14)
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Thu Sep 21, 9:00pm
Fri Sep 22, 12:00am
A Long Tough Road
Allied forces rapidly push across Germany from the East and West, and American and British troops discover the true horrors of the Nazi's industrialized barbarism. (13 of 14)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Sep 28, 9:00pm
Fri Sep 29, 12:00am
A World Without War
For most of Japan's rulers, despite the agony their people are enduring, unconditional surrender still remains unthinkable. Then, on August 6, 1945 an American plane drops an atomic bomb on Hiroshima. (14 of 14)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Oct 5, 9:00pm
Fri Oct 6, 12:00am