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WWII in HD presents the monumental events of this conflict through the stories and footage of everyday people who experienced it firsthand.
Drawing upon new information provided by the FDR Library, 'Pearl Harbor: 24 Hours After' offers a rare glimpse at the man behind the presidency and how he confronted the enormous challenge of transitioning the United States from peacetime to war.
By the time the first Japanese bomber appeared over Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, tensions between Japan and the United States had been mounting for the better part of a decade, making war seem inevitable.
The surprise Japanese assault inflicted heavy losses but failed to strike a decisive blow.
Embodying patriotism and strength, American women stepped into roles once closed off to them to support the war efforts on the home front and abroad.
After the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on the American naval fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, the U.S. was thrust into World War II, and everyday life across the country was dramatically altered.
On February 19, 1945, American soldiers make their first strike on the Japanese home islands at Iwo Jima.
In December 1944, a major German offensive is launched against the Allies in the Ardennes Mountains region on the Western Front.
The Battle of Midway tested intelligence and combat capabilities on both sides—while decidedly altering the outcome of World War II.