War in the Pacific - Eagle Against the Sun

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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.
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  1. 1. Hakko Icchiu
    May 5, 2015
    45min
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    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.
  2. 2. The Doomed Fleet
    May 5, 2015
    45min
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    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.
  3. 3. The Joy of Fighting for the Emperor
    May 5, 2015
    45min
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    Though they had not delivered the finishing stroke at Pearl Harbor, the Japanese had put the Americans and the British on their heels in the Pacific. The Japanese Navy had been at war constantly since 1937, and it was in prime condition for war.
  4. 4. The Eagle Strikes Back
    May 5, 2015
    45min
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    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they were forced to use the boats to move soldiers and supplies during the Pacific Campaign they still held to this outdated view.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.
  5. 5. High Noon
    May 5, 2015
    45min
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    Even though Japanese war plans were habitually best-case and not worst-case, the military junta on the home island were so surprised by the scale and speed of its successes in the first four months of the war in the Pacific, that it was wondering what to do for an encore. What was thought in advanced to require six months had only needed three.
  6. 6. Revenge
    May 5, 2015
    45min
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    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.
  7. 7. Watchtower
    May 5, 2015
    45min
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    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.
  8. 8. Silent Service
    May 5, 2015
    45min
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    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.
  9. 9. Sho Ichigo Sakusen
    May 5, 2015
    46min
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    In December 1941, within hours of the destruction of the United States battle fleet at Pearl Harbor, Japanese forces began their assault on the Philippines. By April 1942, the Bataan Peninsula fell. And in May, General Wainwright and the bulk of the remaining U.S. and Filipino forces, were forced to surrender at Corregidor.
  10. 10. Lost Cause
    May 5, 2015
    45min
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    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.

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ManaliveReviewed in the United States on December 10, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsAn excellent documentary. The last presentation in tbe series needs ...
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An excellent documentary. The last presentation in tbe series needs to be considered by those who think the dropping of the atomic bombs was unnecessary. Perhaps better military targets could have been chosen, but that decision saved more lives than were lost. The civilian loss of life was horrific, but the suicidal mentality of the Japanese military leadership was responsible for the prolongation of the war and the loss of life in Tokyo. Pagans place little value on human life.
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Alan T.Reviewed in the United States on December 21, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsDetailed, factual and thorough representation of WWII in the Pacific
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The best documentary series I have ever watched. Its detailed, factual and thorough representation of WWII in the Pacific. Unlike so many other WWII stories, this one is fair and balanced. Its doesnt portrait a good guy vs bad guy scenario, it attempts to present the true underlying reasons for the war. Excellent, highly recommended.
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Gene ParkReviewed in the United States on December 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsWar justifies nothing but needs must be considered in the cost of lives.
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Having lived through war and having family fighting it gives one perspective unseen by bulk of the Amrican. with the attack on Pearl Harbor there was justifiable fear of a Japanese invasion on the Pacific coast.
Pearl Harbor sneak attack was first of many blunders by the Japanese. The second was the failure to follow up. Even with 3 aircraft carries, the navy could have been brushed aside and IJN could have sailed into San Francisco Bay and established a beach head that would have paralyzed the USA.
However, as in many instances the IJN failed to follow through.
For us civilians, besides loosing loved ones killed in action or those became POWs and, of course lives lost through incompetent blunders; there were ration books, no tires, gas rationing and victory speed limits.
However, the war was a boon for women and blacks who manned the arms factories and shipyards to supply our armed forces and those of the USSR and the British Empire.
My aunt wound armatures for Sherman tanks while uncle was a communication sergeant with AAFC and took part in the invasions of North Africa, Sicily and Italy. Cousins, one a bomber pilot in the UK and another as gunner on a B25 shot down over Germany and as a POW
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Christina L DunnReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat.
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I've seen lot of WW2 documentaries, and this is the best Pacific theater of battles ever!
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TimReviewed in the United States on December 8, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsThis is how US sailors saw WWII unfold before their ...
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This is how US sailors saw WWII unfold before their eyes. It was ugly. It was all consuming until their job was complete.
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John P.Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
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excellent series. highly detailed with great footage.
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p51d007Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsIf you are a history buff, you'll enjoy this.
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Excellent documentary, worth watching if you are a history buff
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CaswellReviewed in the United States on February 19, 2018
5.0 out of 5 starsExcellent! The historic narration and video is superb
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Excellent! The historic narration and video is superb. It brings alive the thought processes and decisions made by both sides during WWII in the Pacific.
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