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A Deadly Calling : November 1943-June 1944

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Summary

  • In episode 3, A Deadly Calling, Ken Burns revisits the fall of 1943, when Life publishes a photograph of the bodies of three GIs killed in action and the American public sees the terrible toll of war for the first time. And despite American victories in the Solomon Islands and New Guinea, the Japanese empire still stretches across 4,000 miles. In Europe, the killing goes on all winter and spring until Allied soldiers finally break through to liberate Rome. Through historic footage and interviews, the program journeys to the battlefields and back home again as the public is devastated by newsreel footage of the furious conflict. Violence explodes as Americans grow more determined to do whatever is necessary to hasten the end of the war. Meanwhile, the long-delayed invasion of France is now just days away.

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  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on September 23, 2011.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
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Contents

  • War Photography (3:19) -- War Shapes Home Front (1:33) -- Status of War (1:23) -- Personal Impact of War (2:15) -- John Hope Franklin (1:38) -- Race and Housing in War Towns (1:37) -- Black Economic Advance (1:15) -- Racial Violence in Mobile (2:14) -- Response to Mobile Riots (1:55) -- Racial Violence Throughout Country (1:10) -- Soldier's Family's Anxiety (2:50) -- Tarawa and American Strategy in the Pacific (1:26) -- Assault on Tarawa (2:18) -- Victory in Tarawa (2:19) -- Showing Americans War Footage (2:07) -- Soldier's Letters Home (1:35) -- Japanese-American Army Unit (1:49) -- Japanese-American Loyalty (1:56) -- Building the 442nd (2:31) -- Loyalty Tested (1:32) -- Life in Waterbury, Connecticut (3:10) -- Waterbury Supports Troops (1:37) -- Visit to Times Square (2:46) -- Determination to Serve (3:04) -- First Battle Experience (1:17) -- Gustav Line (1:57) -- Disastrous Offensive in Italy (3:13) -- Allies' Surprise Landing (1:48) -- Stalled in Italy (1:55) -- Destroying Abby at Monte Cassino (1:41) -- Failed Offensive (1:58) -- Death of Popular Local (1:32) -- Collecting Metal for War Effort (3:03) -- Contributing Bacon Fat (1:30) -- Segregated Army (2:37) -- Forcing Reforms (1:25) -- Black Soldier's Marine Experiences (2:15) -- Air Force Volunteer (2:26) -- Falling in Love while Training (3:03) -- Stuck at Anzio (3:16) -- Toll of Anzio (1:39) -- Cheerful Letters Back Home (3:03) -- Hiding Wars Realities from Families (1:50) -- Anzio Situation Improves (1:58) -- Victory at Monte Cassino (1:48) -- Anzio Breakthrough (1:39) -- Liberating Rome (3:47) -- Family Learns of Death (2:34) -- Mother's Devastation (2:09) -- Status in June 1944 (1:04) -- Last Will (1:10) -- Credits: A Deadly Calling (November 1943-June 1944) (2:46)
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