Synopsis by Rose of Sharon Winter
This program chronicles the history of American involvement in warfare during the 20th century. Starting with the Spanish American War and ending with the Gulf War, the United States participated in a century of turmoil, marked by two world wars. Wars took a huge toll in lives and suffering in a steady course of conflict, punctuated by a few years of peace. This program evaluates the causes and costs of warfare in the last century. No price for the sake of freedom was ever more dear than that paid in World War II. This episode charts the course of the fierce air war that took place over the Pacific between 1939 and 1942. The fight for control of the skies is remembered by those who served there, as well as by journalists and historians. Archival film clips and photographs document air war in the Pacific, including the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
warfare, war, armed-forces, weapons, air-combat, bombing, world-war