Posted by: Ed Darrell | November 13, 2011

World War II in the Pacific, history on TV today

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World War II history on KERA-Channel 13 today.  (Always extra credit for watching an hour and reporting.)

The brilliant history series, American Experience, has “Victory in the Pacific” for two hours, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.:

Sunday, November 13 — 3:00pm
13.1 – KERA

Victory in the Pacific

“Victory in the Pacific,” a somber, introspective chronicle of the “embrace of death” the U.S. and Japan shared during the final year of World War II. Filmmaker Austin Hoyt focuses on the viciousness of the fighting.  120 minutes

At 5:00 p.m., Globe Trekker has a modern-day look at Pacific War sites.  Globe Trekker is always a great look at geography — in this episode, their various (funny!) reporters look at Pearl Harbor, Palau, Okinawa, and Nagasaki, among other sites.  All modern-day looks.

Sunday, November 13 — 5:00pm
13.1 – KERA

Globe Trekker Special: World War II in the Pacific Islands

A tour of WWII locales in the Pacific begins at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. Also: Chuuk Lagoon in Micronesia, which was the base of Japanese operations against Allied forces in New Guinea; the Solomon Islands; Bikini Island.  Duration: 60 min

Here’s the description of “Victory in the Pacific” from the American Experience site:

In this provocative, thorough examination of the final months of the war, American Experience looks at the escalation of bloodletting from the vantage points of both the Japanese and the Americans. Despite warnings that his country, brought to its knees by the conflict, might erupt in a Communist revolution, Emperor Hirohito believed that one last decisive battle could reverse Japan’s fortunes. From the U.S. capture of the Mariana Islands through the firebombing of Tokyo and the dropping of the atomic bomb, Victory in the Pacific chronicles the dreadful and unprecedented loss of life and the decisions made by leaders on both sides that finally ended the war.

That site carries a lot of other material, including timelines, additional articles and additional images.

Here’s Globe Trekker’s description of their special on the war in the Pacific:

In this Globe Trekker Special, Ian Wright, Megan McCormick, Matt Young and Zay Harding travel across the Pacific, visiting key Second World War locations in some of the world’s remotest and most beautiful places.

Zay Harding, Bridge Over The River Kwai, ThailandOur journey starts at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. Megan McCormick attends the Remembrance Day ceremony held each year to honour those who died in the surprise Japanese attack on the United States Pacific fleet on December 7th, 1941.

Within 6 months of Pearl Harbour the Japanese conquered a vast empire across the Pacific and Southeast Asia, and decided they needed to build a new railway line from Thailand to supply their troops in Burma on the front line of their expanding empire. Visiting the famous Bridge Over the River Kwai in Kanchanaburi, Thailand, Zay Harding travels along the line which came to be known as the ‘Death Railway’, as a result of the 12,000 Allied Prisoners of War, and more than 80,000 Asian labourers, who were worked to death building the railway for the Japanese.

And:

Ending the programme, Ian Wright visits the Peace Museum in Nagasaki, dedicated to the memory of those who died in the second atom bomb explosion 3 days after Hiroshima, and hears the harrowing testimony of one of the survivors of the bombing.

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