THE WAR is the story of the Second World War through the personal accounts of a handful of men and women from four American towns. The war touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America and demonstrated that in extraordinary times there are nor ordinary lives.

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  • Ken Burns talks about his decision to make “The War.”


  • The filmmakers talk about adding sound to the amazing archived video.


  • Ray Leopold discusses the mixture of food available at meal times


  • Sam Hines talks about growing up in Minneapolis in 1941and the excitement of the service.


  • “The War” was an intimidating project


  • America needed to take Iwo Jima to secure a base for US Bombers.


  • Burnett Miller, Ray Leopold and Sam Hynes talk about joining up during the war


  • Ray Leopold, Burnett Miller, Dwain Luce and others discuss the horror of the Holocaust


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