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The War
Ep: 1 "A Necessary War"
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
Watch Until August 6, 12:00am
Ep 2
A Very Fearful Time
Watch Until August 13, 12:00am
Ep 3
The Worst is Yet to Come
Watch Until August 20, 12:00am
Ep 4
When Things Get Tough
Watch July 27, 9:00pm
Ep 5
A Helluva War
Watch August 3, 9:00pm
Ep 6
A Deadly Calling
Watch August 10, 9:00pm
Ep 7
Pride of Our Nation
Watch August 17, 9:00pm
Ep 8
A Volunteer Basis
Watch August 24, 9:00pm
Ep 9
FUBAR
Watch August 31, 9:00pm
Ep 10
Life's Accidents
Watch September 7, 9:00pm
Ep 11
The Ghost Front
Watch September 14, 9:00pm
Ep 12
Terrible Choices
Watch September 21, 9:00pm
Ep 13
A Long Tough Road
Watch September 28, 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)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Jul 27, 9:00pm
Fri Jul 28, 12:00am
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)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Aug 3, 9:00pm
Fri Aug 4, 12:00am
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)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Aug 10, 9:00pm
Fri Aug 11, 12:00am
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)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Aug 17, 9:00pm
Fri Aug 18, 12:00am
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)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Aug 24, 9:00pm
Fri Aug 25, 12:00am
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)
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Aug 31, 9:00pm
Fri Sep 1, 12:00am
Life's Accidents
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Sep 7, 9:00pm
Fri Sep 8, 12:00am
The Ghost Front
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Sep 14, 9:00pm
Fri Sep 15, 12:00am
Terrible Choices
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Sep 21, 9:00pm
Fri Sep 22, 12:00am
A Long Tough Road
Additional Broadcast Dates:
Thu Sep 28, 9:00pm
Fri Sep 29, 12:00am