Crusade in the Pacific: America at War

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  • 1951
  • 1 Season
  • 7.4  (93)

There were a lot of things that happened in World War II that most people never knew about. In this 24 episode documentary series, the light is shown on a number of things that have never been brought to light in the past. From strategies that were used to some of the key players that are not always mentioned, this series gets down to the heart of things behind World War II.

Crusade in the Pacific: America at War
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War in Korea
24. War in Korea
 
War comes to the Korean Peninsula as North Korea attacks South Korea in the middle part of 1950. The U.S. is drawn into the "conflict."
Shifting Tides in the Orient
23. Shifting Tides in the Orient
 
This episode chronicles the fight for independence by Indonesia and Pakistan. The Philippines struggle to adjust to self-government.
The Surrender & Occupation of Japan
22. The Surrender & Occupation of Japan
 
General MacArthur assumes control of Japan on Aug. 30, 1945. The official surrender ceremony is held on the Battleship Missouri.
The Air War on Japan
21. The Air War on Japan
 
Land bases in China, India and the Marianas accommodate the B-29 "super fortress" attacks on Japan. The Enola Gay drops atomic bombs over Hiroshima and then Nagasaki. Japan surrenders.
At Japan's Doorstep: Okinawa
20. At Japan's Doorstep: Okinawa
 
Vice Adm. Richmond Kelly Turner directs a huge Navy force to Okinawa. In the largest amphibious assault of the war, 16,000 men land on April 1, 1945, and the assault lasts until mid-June. Japan would lose 100,000 troops, and the allies 50,000.
Bloody Iwo
19. Bloody Iwo
 
February 1945: 10,000 Marines make assault on Iwo Jima, followed days later by the famous hoisting of the American flag on Mt. Suribachi. This battle virtually crushed the Japanese resolve.
MacArthur Returns to the Philippines
18. MacArthur Returns to the Philippines
 
The U.S. gains possession of the Philippines by the end of 1944, after three years of enemy occupation. MacArthur returns. Highlighted is a battle that almost destroyed Manila.
Peleliu: The Fight for Bloody Nose Ridge
17. Peleliu: The Fight for Bloody Nose Ridge
 
With the help of Adm. Halsey's Third Fleet, MacArthur attacks the Japanese strongholds on the Palau Islands. Instead of just four days, it took two months to take the island, with more than 9,500 casualties on the U.S. side alone.
The War in the China-Burma-India Theater
16. The War in the China-Burma-India Theater
 
War on a second front strains Japan's resources. After U.S. Gen. "Vinegar Joe" Stillwell and Chinese forces are routed at Burma, he makes a comeback. China is assisted in defeating the Japanese forces.
Battle for the Marianas
15. Battle for the Marianas
 
Captured airfields such as Saipan provided bases to aid U.S. strategic bombing plans. A Marine private's thoughts on the invasion of the Marianas in 1944 gives a new perspective on the war.
Stepping Stones to the Philippines
14. Stepping Stones to the Philippines
 
The U.S. invades Cape Gloucester, Rabaul, the Bismarck Islands and Wake Island as it marches on to the Philippines.
Speeding Up the Attack: The Marshalls
13. Speeding Up the Attack: The Marshalls
 
Adm. Nimitz prepares the assault on the Marshall Islands during January 1944 and captures one of Japan's most vital warbases.
The War at Sea
12. The War at Sea
 
This episode details the life of men in submarines and focuses on their day-to-day duties and morale.
Attack int the Central Pacific: Makin & Tarawa
11. Attack int the Central Pacific: Makin & Tarawa
 
The Allies step up the war through the Gilbert and Marshall Islands and the "single toughest fight" on Betio Island.
Up the Solomons Ladder: Bougainville
10. Up the Solomons Ladder: Bougainville
 
On Nov. 1, 1943, the U.S. landed a large amphibious force on the important island of Bougainville. They expected a vigorous response from the Japanese, and they got one. The U.S. Navy won an overwhelming victory at the Battle of Empress Augusta Bay.
The Road Back: New Guinea
9. The Road Back: New Guinea
 
For the first time in World War II, the U.S. and its allies turn back a Japanese offensive against Australia and New Guinea.
War in the North--The Aleutians
8. War in the North--The Aleutians
 
Using low-level bombers, the U.S. forces attack and then win back the Aleutians off the Alaskan coast -- the only World War II battle fought on American soil.
Guadacanal: America's First Offensive
7. Guadacanal: America's First Offensive
 
In brutal hand-to-hand combat, U.S. Marines attacked the dug-in Japanese soldiers to secure Guadalcanal.
The Navy Holds--1942
6. The Navy Holds--1942
 
The First B-25 bombers takes off from the carrier Enterprise, raiding Tokyo. The Battle of the Coral Sea proves to be the turning point for the U.S. forces as they hold Midway.
The U.S. and the Philippines
5. The U.S. and the Philippines
 
Bataan, Corregidor and the Philippines fall to the Japanese in fierce fighting. Gen. MacArthur vows to return.
America Goes to War in the Pacific
4. America Goes to War in the Pacific
 
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, America builds its Navy to battle the Japanese forces, which are heading south toward Australia.
The Rise of the Japanese Empire
3. The Rise of the Japanese Empire
 
Japan's single-minded military agression is traced from Hirohito ascending to the throne in 1926 to Pearl Harbor.
Awakening in the Pacific
2. Awakening in the Pacific
 
This documentary covers the U.S. and other nations' involvement in the Pacific, as well as the modernization and militarism of Japan, which culminated in an attack on Pearl Harbor that almost destroyed America's fleet docked near Honolulu.
The Pacific in Eruption
1. The Pacific in Eruption
January 1, 1951
Filled with historic footage, this documentary is an overview of the United States' involvement in the Pacific from 1933 through Pearl Harbor to the Korean War, highlighting the war against Japan.
Crusade In The Pacific
Crusade In The Pacific

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There were a lot of things that happened in World War II that most people never knew about. In this 24 episode documentary series, the light is shown on a number of things that have never been brought to light in the past. From strategies that were used to some of the key players that are not always mentioned, this series gets down to the heart of things behind World War II.

  • Premiere Date
    January 1, 1951
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (93)