By June 1944, there are signs on both sides of the world that the tide is turning. Through historic footage and interviews, Ken Burns' Pride of Our Nation brings us to June 6: D-Day. A million and a half Allied troops embark on one of the greatest military operations in history - the invasion of France. It is the bloodiest day for America since the Civil War. In the Pacific, Marines encounter Japanese civilians who, like their soldiers, seem resolved to die for their emperor rather than surrender. And back at home, Americans remain glued to the radio, watching newsreels, and scanning casualty lists. Finally, in late July, Allied forces break out of the hedgerows of Normandy, and after four years of Nazi occupation, Paris is liberated. The end of the war in Europe now seems only a few weeks away.
Introduction: Pride of Our Nation (2:44) -- Status of War in Spring 1944 (2:33) -- Hope and Dread on Homefront (3:08) -- Preparing for Invasion (2:01) -- D-Day Plan (1:22) -- Run-up to D-Day (2:20) -- Purpose of Paratroopers (1:01) -- Paratroopers Successes and Failures. (1:40) -- Gliders (2:35) -- Sainte Mere Eglis (2:09) -- Bombing on D-Day (2:41) -- D-Day Armada (2:03) -- Beachmasters (1:56) -- Utah Beach Landing (2:52) -- Challenges of Omaha Landing (2:21) -- Omaha Landing Starts Badly (3:11) -- Stuck on Omaha Beach (2:05) -- Improvisation at Omaha (1:54) -- Pushing Inland (1:45) -- Death Toll and Accomplishment (3:34) -- Media on D-Day (2:09) -- Homefront on D-Day (1:14) -- Roosevelt's D-Day Prayer (1:27) -- Learning of D-Day in Philippines (2:31) -- Mariana Islands (1:34) -- Demolition Team at Saipan (2:30) -- Marines Slow Advance (1:42) -- Hunger at Santo Thomas (3:03) -- Atrocities in Japanese Prison (2:13) -- Sabotage by POWs (2:09) -- Unburied Bodies on Omaha (1:14) -- Air Supremacy (2:37) -- Norman Terrain (2:21) -- Flying the Wounded to England (1:58) -- Seeking Open Ground (1:23)
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