Watch The Pacific War in Color

The Pacific War in Color immerses viewers in a graphic and dramatic look through an unfiltered lens. Rare home movies from servicemen capture intimate images of troops on tropical beaches, naval hazing rituals when sailors cross the equator, and morale-boosting USO shows on dusty desert islands. Personal movies shot by pilots in cockpits crackle with intensity, and color combat footage bursts with the nervous energy of storming beaches, white-knuckle dogfights and face-to-face island-hopping warfare. Remarkable home movies from General Douglas MacArthur show his family in the Philippines before the war and later in Japan after the surrender, offering a different view of life during wartime.

Sunday 8:00 PM et/pt on Smithsonian CHANNEL
1 Season, 9 Episodes
June 24, 2018
9.1/10
Cast: Tim Barker, Jeff Wilburn
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The Pacific War in Color Full Episode Guide

  • By the spring of 1945, America begins to take back the Philippines, Manila is liberated after a devastating battle, and the USO show comes to boost morale. On Borneo, the Australians invade Labuan and liberate the Indonesians from oppressive Japanese occupation. When the U.S. invades Okinawa, Japan makes a strong stand and launches the biggest kamikaze attacks of the war. Record-shattering casualties

  • Allies slug it out on the nearby island of Peleliu in a long and bloody campaign to pave the way for General MacArthur's return to the Philippines. Never-before-broadcast footage shows troops enduring the muddy muck in the Philippines that bogs down the supply line. In the Battle of Leyte Gulf, an immensely fierce naval battle, Japan unveils a devastating new tactic: the kamikaze. Finally, General LeMay designs a radical raid on Japan, resulting in the deadliest single day of the war

  • Allied forces move to take two valuable islands that threaten American air operations: Tinian and Guam. Taking back Guam, a U.S. territory with a Marine base before the war, is both personal and tactical to the Navy. Meanwhile, in India, rising star General Curtis LeMay is tasked with a top-secret assignment: fly over "The Hump"

  • By summer of 1944, America is gaining the upper hand in the Pacific War with better training, troop numbers and supply lines, but the Japanese dig in and exact brutal tolls with each foothold. The U.S. aims for the heart of Japan's inner defense ring, engaging in a historic naval battle for Saipan in the Marianas. America plans to rush in to service the new top-secret, long-range Boeing B-29 bomber to strike directly at the mainland.

  • In the fall of 1943, the U.S. engages in a new series of island-hopping invasions, starting with the Gilbert and Marshall Islands and driving up through the Central Pacific. The first stop is the Tarawa atoll, where thousands of troops embark upon the largest amphibious invasion ever staged in the Pacific to fight one of the costliest battles of the war. Never-before-seen color footage from a captain in the U.S. Army Air Force shows airman camp life and low-level air attacks on Kavieng, New Guinea.

  • Months after the Pearl Harbor attack, shockwaves of war shake every corner of the Pacific, and young Americans deploy to stem the enemy advance. Culture clashes within the Allies erupt in Australia, but Allied forces later bond over efforts to thwart Japan's move to control New Guinea. Rare footage from military cameramen and other soldiers capture life behind the battle lines, showing there is more to the war than combat.

  • The series premiere reveals some of the first color images of the peaceful locations that the Pacific War will soon make infamous - Midway, Wake Island and Guam. They are among the last films taken before the region is thrust into chaos. Viewers relive the surprise attack on America's naval base at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 through the only known color footage of the raid and devastation, filmed by sailor Clyde Daughtry. As the world struggles to respond to Japan's blitz, a patriotic surge unites a divided America and inspires tens of thousands to enlist.

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