The War – A social history of WWII in the 1940’s

The World War II documentary by Ken Burns, "The War" is a film that every generation should be required to watch. Don't expect a detailed account of the strategies, alliances, or an in-depth look at the battles during each facet of the war. The 1970's documentary called "The World at War" already has that aspect covered pretty well.

The War is lacking in historical completeness, but it is an intentional omission by Ken Burns. The War looks at WWII and life in the 1940's from a completely different angle, it is a story told more as a "people's history" of the war, from the point of view of everyday, average American citizens as well as veterans from four American towns, in four corners of our country.

It could have been anywhere in America, but featured in the film are the towns of Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Luverne, Minnesota; and Sacramento, California.

The story is very moving. There is footage shown that I've never seen before, and while it can be graphic at times, other times it is breathtaking. The story is told through seven episodes spanning fifteen hours, but it left me wanting more. It is compelling, brutal, factual, heartwarming, and heartbreaking.  I have not watched a better attempt at showing the human side of "The War" than this. 

If you have ever wondered why the people of this era are called our Greatest Generation, this film is for you.  

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