Simply put, this series should be required viewing for anyone who is too young to remember World War II or who wasn't born until after World War II. Likely no other single set of events so completely changed the world and set it--for better and worse--on the course it is on today. Sadly, few people beyond the Greatest Generation really know and understand what World War II was about. Worse yet, that ignorance has us poised to repeat a lot of the same mistakes that led to that catastrophic war.
The War captures nearly every nuance that occurred in those tumultuous years, and does that especially well with the personal recollections from ordinary people caught up in the war. Unlike so many World War II histories, this one is not some glorifying, propagandizing, sanitized recount of events. It shows, often in gruesome and bloody detail that can be outright uncomfortable, the mistakes, miscalculations, brutalities, and horror that occurs in the "fog of war." The War also shows how ordinary citizens mustered the bravery, fortitude, and common sacrifice necessary to surmount and survive the many difficult circumstances of World War II.
My parents were of the Greatest Generation--my father served in the Navy in both the Mediterranean and the Pacific theaters and my mother worked in defense industries and the Office of Emergency Management stateside during the war. I learned a lot about the war from them and yet more from this mini-series. The one thing that they told me that The War touched upon but did not emphasize enough, in my opinion - the feeling that pervaded almost every American almost until the end of World War II that "If we don't do everything that we can in every way, we could lose this war," as my Mom put it. That is a lesson that modern day Americans should take to heart from this well-presented history. We soon may be there again in world events. Will we have the courage and determination of the Americans during World War II? I hope so, but I have my doubts.