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Perilous Fight: America's World War Two In Color Previous Broadcasts

Triumph (The Pacific, 1943-1945) (Episode #104)

KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 11, 2013 -- 4:00 AM

The series concludes by covering America's efforts to win the war in the Pacific. Among the many scenes captured in color are U.S. troops staging a dawn landing on tiny but strategically important Tarawa; the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi; the desperate fight to save the USS Franklin after the aircraft carrier is hit and set afire by armor-piercing bombs 50 miles from Japan; U.S. aircraft carriers under attack by kamikaze pilots during the battle for Okinawa; the funeral procession for President Roosevelt following his sudden death in April 1945; the devastation wrought on Hiroshima by the atomic bomb; the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri; and celebrations in the streets of New York marking the end of the war.

Wrath (D-Day-V-E Day) (Episode #103)

KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 11, 2013 -- 3:00 AM

The third episode focuses on the European theater during the months between D-Day in June 1944 and V-E Day in May 1945. Among the many scenes captured in color footage are the seizure, two days before D-Day, of a German U-boat carrying Enigma code machines; the Allied assault on the beaches at Normandy; the jubilant welcome received by GIs after the liberation of Paris; freed American POWs burning their prison; the first Jewish Sabbath service conducted at the just-liberated Dachau concentration camp; and V-E Day celebrations following Germany's surrender.

Triumph (The Pacific, 1943-1945) (Episode #104)

KQED Plus: Sun, Feb 10, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

The series concludes by covering America's efforts to win the war in the Pacific. Among the many scenes captured in color are U.S. troops staging a dawn landing on tiny but strategically important Tarawa; the raising of the American flag on Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi; the desperate fight to save the USS Franklin after the aircraft carrier is hit and set afire by armor-piercing bombs 50 miles from Japan; U.S. aircraft carriers under attack by kamikaze pilots during the battle for Okinawa; the funeral procession for President Roosevelt following his sudden death in April 1945; the devastation wrought on Hiroshima by the atomic bomb; the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri; and celebrations in the streets of New York marking the end of the war.

Wrath (D-Day-V-E Day) (Episode #103)

KQED Plus: Sun, Feb 10, 2013 -- 9:00 PM

The third episode focuses on the European theater during the months between D-Day in June 1944 and V-E Day in May 1945. Among the many scenes captured in color footage are the seizure, two days before D-Day, of a German U-boat carrying Enigma code machines; the Allied assault on the beaches at Normandy; the jubilant welcome received by GIs after the liberation of Paris; freed American POWs burning their prison; the first Jewish Sabbath service conducted at the just-liberated Dachau concentration camp; and V-E Day celebrations following Germany's surrender.

Battlefronts (1942-1944) (Episode #102)

KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 4, 2013 -- 4:00 AM

The second episode covers the years 1942 to 1944, from the massive buildup of the country's military and industrial capabilities to preparations for D-Day. Among the many scenes captured in color are the mobilization of women and African Americans on the industrial home front and in the military; the internment of Japanese Americans; training of African-American aviators at Alabama's Tuskegee Institute; the horrors of the Warsaw Ghetto; and the boarding of troops onto landing craft bound for Normandy, scene of what was to be the largest amphibious invasion in history.

Infamy (1919-1942) (Episode #101)

KQED Plus: Mon, Feb 4, 2013 -- 3:00 AM

Opening with some of the earliest color motion picture images ever filmed - of a victory parade in Paris at the end of World War I - the first episode takes viewers from the years leading up to the outbreak of World War II through the Nazi invasion of Poland that triggered the joint British and French declaration of war on Germany to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway. Among the many scenes captured in color footage are life in Depression- era America; huge Nazi rallies in pre-war Germany; the sinking of a British merchant ship six weeks into the war and the rescue effort mounted by a passing American vessel; civilian refugees streaming along the roads of occupied France; the devastation at Pearl Harbor as photographed by a Navy film unit working for Hollywood director John Ford; and the U.S. victory over the Japanese at Midway - the decisive sea battle of the Pacific war.

Battlefronts (1942-1944) (Episode #102)

KQED Plus: Sun, Feb 3, 2013 -- 10:00 PM

The second episode covers the years 1942 to 1944, from the massive buildup of the country's military and industrial capabilities to preparations for D-Day. Among the many scenes captured in color are the mobilization of women and African Americans on the industrial home front and in the military; the internment of Japanese Americans; training of African-American aviators at Alabama's Tuskegee Institute; the horrors of the Warsaw Ghetto; and the boarding of troops onto landing craft bound for Normandy, scene of what was to be the largest amphibious invasion in history.

Infamy (1919-1942) (Episode #101)

KQED Plus: Sun, Feb 3, 2013 -- 9:00 PM

Opening with some of the earliest color motion picture images ever filmed - of a victory parade in Paris at the end of World War I - the first episode takes viewers from the years leading up to the outbreak of World War II through the Nazi invasion of Poland that triggered the joint British and French declaration of war on Germany to the attack on Pearl Harbor and the Battle of Midway. Among the many scenes captured in color footage are life in Depression- era America; huge Nazi rallies in pre-war Germany; the sinking of a British merchant ship six weeks into the war and the rescue effort mounted by a passing American vessel; civilian refugees streaming along the roads of occupied France; the devastation at Pearl Harbor as photographed by a Navy film unit working for Hollywood director John Ford; and the U.S. victory over the Japanese at Midway - the decisive sea battle of the Pacific war.

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