A World Without War
A few weeks after the death of President Roosevelt shocks the country, Germany surrenders. Meanwhile, American sailors, soldiers and Marines endure the worst battle of the Pacific - Okinawa. In August, American planes drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the Japanese, too, surrender. Millions return home - to try to learn how to live in a world without 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, including Sacramento. 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. The War was directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.
The War Episodes
S1 Ep6 | 1h 59m 26s
By mid March, 1945, they are across the Rhine, while Russians are 50 miles from Berlin.
S1 Ep5 | 2h 6m 58s
Victory in Europe seems imminent.
S1 Ep4 | 2h 19m 15s
On D-Day, 1.5 million Allied troops take part in the greatest invasion in history.
S1 Ep3 | 1h 52m 42s
Americans are shocked by losses on the Pacific and Allied forces are stalled.
S1 Ep2 | 1h 57m 14s
Americans mobilize for total war at home and overseas
S1 Ep1 | 2h 24m 51s
The lives of Americans are changed forever on Dec. 7, 1941.
The War Extras
Joe Medicine Crow, the last war chief of the Crow Tribe of Montana is profiled in The War.
S1 Ep7 | 30s
Watch a preview of Episode Seven: A World Without War, March 1945 - Dec. 1945.
S1 Ep6 | 30s
Watch a preview of Episode Six: The Ghost Front, Dec. 1944 - March 1945.
S1 Ep5 | 30s
Watch a preview of Episode Five: FUBAR, Sept. 1944 - Dec. 1944.
S1 Ep4 | 30s
Watch a preview of Episode Four: Pride of Our Nation, June 1944 - Aug. 1944.
S1 Ep3 | 30s
Watch a preview of Episode Three: A Deadly Calling, Nov. 1943 - June 1944
S1 Ep2 | 30s
Watch a preview of Episode Two: When Things Get Tough, Jan. 1943 - Dec. 1943.
Burnett Miller, Ray Leopold and Sam Hynes talk about why they fought.
Watch the first few minutes of The War.
Norah Jones sings 'American Anthem.'
Fighter pilot Quentin Aanenson recalls the first time he knew he'd "killed men."
Young soldier Daniel Inouye comes face-to-face with the enemy.
Babe Ciarlo never revealed his experiences in his letters home.
During the war everything seemed to be rationed or in short supply: