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The Color of War is a documentary television series. This show is narrated by Peter Coyote. The show depicts real events that happened during World War II. There is also footage from this war from real video clips that are shown in color. Some of the topics covered in this documentary include letters home from the men fighting overseas, photos, and depicts the daily activity and dangers that the soldiers were facing. The viewers get into the mind of a young man that was told he had to prepare to leave for war. It also shows what the men did between their marching and fighting and some of the techniques they used to stay safe and undiscovered. It also shows how the men were able to find food and places to sleep. This documentary gives the viewer a first hand look of what these soldiers faced on a daily basis to stay alive in enemy lands.

1 Season, 15 Episodes
November 18, 2001
Documentary & Biography, History, Military & War
Cast: Carlos E. Campos, Peter Coyote, Lance J. Holt
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  • WWII was history's most extensively documented conflict. Explore the combat cameraman, war correspondents, combat artists, radio reporters, and others who brought WWII to life, and preserved the tale that defined this epic era.

  • WWII veterans describe their brief interludes of "everyday" life while at the front, with intimate films from archives and personal collections illustrating their treasured wartime memories.

  • When he reached the front lines, the typical American soldier in World War II carried more than 100 pounds of arms and equipment into battle. Personal protection and functionality combined to make the troops ready to face the enemy.

  • Before the troops arrived for battle, some of the unsung heroes of World War II went to work. The combat engineers built roads and bridges, cleared terrain for armies and generally made it possible for the war to be fought.

  • The Color of War takes a comprehensive look at tanks and others armored vehicles, as well as the crucial role they played in combat.

  • Rare footage paints a picture of the war's aftermath -- and the ensuing peacekeeping efforts -- as America emerges as leader of the free world.

  • It was a bloody, hard-fought conflict, but World War II's VE Day, marking victory in Europe, finally arrived. Archival footage follows the Allies through the D-Day landings and beyond, as Nazi forces faced their final days.

  • Accompanying the soldiers into the battles of World War II were the stalwart medical teams. These courageous doctors, nurses and corpsmen risked injury or death themselves while tending to the wounds of fallen troops.

  • As American soldiers fought in the trenches throughout Europe and the Pacific, their counterparts in submarines patrolled the world's oceans. Vital to the war effort, the subs were also some of the most dangerous places to be in an attack.

  • Thousands of American troops fought in World War II, and behind them was the one of the biggest, most complex supply chains the country has ever seen. See the mechanics involved in the delivery of food, arms and other supplies to the front lines.

  • Travel beyond the front lines to discover the real forces behind World War II and why the soldiers were sent to fight. Highlighted by rare color footage, this episode examines the experiences of the troops and where they fit in the overall objective.

  • Many of World War II's greatest battles took place at sea. As naval vessels became more technologically advanced, sailors faced ever-increasing responsibility and danger, as illustrated by this episode's rare color footage of maritime warfare.

  • Virtually every climate on Earth played host to the battles of World War II. As nations collided, soldiers faced unknown, often savage terrain that changed the way they fought the enemy. Visit battlefields that posed the biggest hurdles to troops.

  • It was the most glamorous job in the military, as well as the most dangerous. Stunning, never-before-seen color footage takes you into the skies with World War II pilots, who fought for survival every time they left the ground.

  • Only one in six men serving in World War II saw combat, but for those soldiers, the war was terrifyingly real. Their stories from the front lines, accompanied by harrowing color footage, illustrate the brutal combat they endured.

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