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Warfare History Network Exclusive: THE PACIFIC WAR IN COLOR

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Warfare History Network Exclusive: THE PACIFIC WAR IN COLOR

Never before broadcast footage filmed originally in color taken by U.S. serviceman Dan Rocklin, of both pre-war and wartime-era Manila.


 

The Pacific War was unlike any military conflict before it, in terms of its scale, scope, and savagery. With never-before-seen rare footage filmed in color of the combat and lighter slice-of-life moments of troops at sea and island life, as well as first-hand personal accounts of the soldiers, Smithsonian Channel offers a powerful, dramatic look at the frontlines in the Pacific during World War II, in a new, groundbreaking eight-part series, “THE PACIFIC WAR IN COLOR.” Each of the episodes bring the war to life as never experienced before, using the rare, vivid color visuals and personal stories and perspectives from the troops themselves via their letters, journals, and more. The series also goes beyond the battles and bombardments to address the internment camps, the role of women and other changing social norms.

CLIP ABOVE TAKEN FROM THIS EPISODE AIRING JULY 29:

THE PACIFIC WAR IN COLOR: FIRE FROM THE SKY

Premieres Sunday, July 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel

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 – the firebombing of Tokyo.

 

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