The war. Disc 1

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  • Tells the story of ordinary people in four quintessentially American towns - Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and Luverne, Minnesota - and examines the ways in which the Second World War touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America.


  • Title from set container and disc label.
  • Originally broadcast by PBS in 2006.
  • Episode one of a seven-episode series.
  • Special features: Disc 1: "Making The war" featurette; commentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick; photo gallery; biographies; educational resources.
  • DVD, region 1, widescreen (16:9, enhanced) presentation; Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo. surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, NTSC.
  • Closed-captioned.


  • Necessary war (December 1941-December 1942)
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