Among the films available to view in our PBS video collection is The War, a seven-part series directed and produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick which examines how the Second World War affected four small American towns that are intended to represent the epitome of American life at the time. (Click here to access; sign in using your Plymouth library card number).
A Necessary War (December 1941 to December 1942) – Covers the lead-up to the war and the prevailing anti-war sentiment that was shattered by Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.
When Things Get Tough (January 1943 to December 1943) – Considers how the country’s industrial machine was converted from a commercial to a war-minded one, and explores the Allied planning to invade the European continent.
A Deadly Calling (November 1943 to June 1944) – Touches on some of the political and social ramifications of the war back home.
Pride of Our Nation (June 1944 to August 1944) – D-Day and its aftermath.
FUBAR (September 1944 to December 1944) – Explores the vast differences between the perception of having won the war post D-Day, and the reality of men losing their lives in record numbers.
The Ghost Front (December 1944 to March 1945) – Some of the darker moments of the tail end of the war – the Battle of the Bulge and the taxing war in the Pacific.
A World without War (March 1945 to September 1945) – The final days leading up to the Nazi surrender and the dropping of the atomic bomb, and the world post-war.