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FUBAR : September 1944-December 1944

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Summary

  • By September 1944, the Allies seemed to be moving steadily toward victory in Europe. General Dwight Eisenhower's chief of staff tells the press, "This war is over." In episode 5, FUBAR, Ken Burns explores the coming months when a generation of young men will learn a lesson as old as war itself - generals make plans, plans go wrong, and soldiers die. American soldiers are ordered into some of Germany's most forbidding terrain. And in the Pacific, General Douglas MacArthur is poised to retake the Philippines at Leyte, and although the nearby island of Peleliu holds little tactical value, the Marines are ordered to take it anyway. It is a battle expected to last four days but drags on for over two months. At home, Americans cheer the newsreels of General MacArthur "returning," but soon it becomes painfully clear that the war will not end before winter.

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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

  • Credits: FUBAR (September 1944-December 1944) (0:36) -- Quentin Quentin Aanenson's Landing (2:49) -- Quentin Aanenson Photographed With Plane (1:24) -- America's Geography Lesson (2:30) -- Misery of War (2:07) -- Europe, September 1944 (2:34) -- Market Garden (1:29) -- CG4A Glider (3:28) -- British Delayed (2:01) -- German Response (1:52) -- Behind Enemy Lines (2:16) -- Results of Market Garden (2:19) -- A Death (3:10) -- Friends Reunited (2:58) -- Sledge's Diary (1:38) -- Peleliu (1:58) -- Battle for Peleliu Begins (3:01) -- Night on Peleliu (1:39) -- Second Day of Fighting (2:06) -- Japanese Defense (1:28) -- Black Soldier's Experience (1:53) -- Mistreatment of Dead and Near-Dead Japanese (2:48) -- Horrors of War (1:34) -- Toll of Peleliu (3:18) -- Home Front (2:08) -- Wartime Sacramento (1:51) -- Segregation (2:31) -- California Life (3:19) -- Sascha Weinzheimer (1:48) -- Sascha Sees American Planes (3:30) -- MacArthur's Return (1:17) -- Battle for the Philippines (1:25) -- Experience of War, and Gridlock in Europe (2:13) -- Japanese American Battalion (3:16) -- Rescue Mission (2:23) -- Successful Rescue (2:04) -- Glory, Bitterness and the 442nd (2:10) -- Returning Veterans (3:07) -- Reservoir of Courage (2:09) -- German Child Soldiers (2:15) -- Allied Assaults in Europe (1:26) -- Hürtgen Forest (2:02) -- Confusion in Hürtgen (1:52) -- Misery in Hürtgen (2:21) -- Toll of Hürtgen (1:35) -- Thanksgiving (2:10) -- Thanksgiving in Hürtgen (1:39) -- War and Ethnic Stereotypes (1:45) -- Increasing Death Toll (1:39) -- Fighter Pilot's Experience (2:30) -- Unsent Letter (3:26) -- Joseph Medicine Crow (2:55) -- Crow at War (2:01) -- Crow Becomes Chief (3:43) -- Credits: FUBAR (September 1944-December 1944) (2:53)
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