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 documents the German strategy of blitzkrieg, how the barrage of air strikes terrified the European nations, and generated sympathy in America for the nations attacked by Hitler. The United States sent supplies, fliers, medical assistance, and ultimately full support when Hitler declared war on America after the Japanese bombing at Pearl Harbor. Archival film clips and photographs document the force, speed, and terror of the Blitzkrieg.
warfare, war, armed-forces, weapons, air-raid, blitzkrieg, bombing, Pearl-Harbor, world-war