Watch War in the Pacific - Eagle Against the Sun

Dive into the War in the Pacific like never before with this 10-part series chronicling the fight from prior to Pearl Harbor up until the last bomb was dropped. Featuring combat footage and interviews with veterans from both sides, learn about their experiences and perspectives from America's war with Japan as 2015 recognizes the 70th Anniversary of V-J Day.

Mill Creek Entertainment
1 Season, 10 Episodes
May 5, 2015
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War in the Pacific - Eagle Against the Sun Full Episode Guide

  • By the fall of 1944, the harsh reality of the war in the Pacific became apparent to the Japanese high command. Finally, what remained of the Navy was practically destroyed in the Battle of Leyte Gulf which occurred in October of 1944. After the smoke had cleared from the Battle of Leyte Gulf, one thing was certain. The once might Japanese navy was all but obliterated.

  • The Japanese war machine, checked and forced to change its plans for the first time at Coral Sea and decisively repelled at Midway, was now forced to go in reverse by its failure on Guadalcanal. From now on it was the United States and its allies who were on the strategic offensive.

  • The Japanese war machine, checked and forced to change its plans for the first time at Coral Sea and decisively repelled at Midway, was now forced to go in reverse by its failure on Guadalcanal. From now on it was the United States and its allies who were on the strategic offensive.

  • The Americans were now ready to go on the offensive in the Pacific, but where? Early in the summer of 1942, the interception of a radio transmission to Tokyo revealed that the Japanese were constructing an airfield on Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. That signal triggered a demand for offensive action in the South Pacific.

  • After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese were victorious in their endeavor to control as much of the western Pacific area and Southeast Asia as possible. They met little effective resistance as they seized islands from Wake to the Philippines. For six months, the Japanese were unstoppable, until the Coral Sea. Although tactically a draw, the battle proved a strategic defeat for Japan.

  • Japanese admirals stuck rigidly to the view that submarines were first and foremost an adjunct to the battle fleet. Even when they were forced to use the boats to move soldiers and supplies during the Pacific Campaign they still held to this outdated view. This abdication by the Japanese submarine arm was a prime example of a lack of flexibility in Japanese strategic and tactical planning.

  • In the Fall of 1941, the naval and air base at Pearl Harbor and the escalations on Oahu, represented the greatest concentration of American military power in the new world.

  • December 7th, 1941. Just before dawn, 270 miles northwest of Oahu, Hawaii, 181 Japanese fighters and bombers prepared to take off from six aircraft carriers. They were the first wave in what would be a massive and devastating surprise attack on the United States Pacific Fleet moored at Pearl Harbor.

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