The Perilous Fight: America's World War II in Color
Triumph (The Pacific, 1943-1945) (#104)
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. [56 minutes]
This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.
Series Description: Witness World War II through rare color film, and read letters from a nation redefining itself.
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