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 turns its attention to the war fought on the Eastern front, where the smaller nations of Europe were especially vulnerable to Hitler's aggression. Those countries would have certainly remained under German control without American involvement in the region, as they fought to push the Germans back to the Rhineland. The program presents personal accounts of soldiers who fought there, along with archival film footage and photographs.
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