WWII in Hi-Definition

WWII in Hi-Definition

9 Episodes

World War II films in high definition from U.S. National Archives: Nuremberg, Let There Be Light, December 7th, The Battle of Midway, With the Marines at Tarawa, and films on Generals Patton, Bradley, MacArthur and Eisenhower. Viewer discretion advised.

WWII in Hi-Definition
  • The Battle of Midway

    Episode 1

    Oscar-winning director John Ford, who shot most of this Academy Award-winning documentary himself, was seriously wounded during its filming. The footage was captured during the actual attack by Japan. In color. Includes narration by actor Henry Fonda.

  • With The Marines At Tarawa

    Episode 2

    A harrowing Academy Award-winning short film from 1944 that shows an amphibious landing by the Marines on the island of Tarawa. They are there to capture a major Japanese airbase. In Technicolor. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • December 7th

    Episode 3

    The longer version of Academy Award-winner John Ford’s Oscar-winning short film (1944) about the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor. Includes actual and re-created footage of the attacks. Features Walter Huston. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • Famous Generals: Eisenhower

    Episode 4

    This film, narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Raymond Massey, shows the life of a man who is a symbol and a leader of one of the greatest military victories ever won by the U.S.: Dwight D. Eisenhower. Introduction by Academy Award-winner Walter Matthau.

  • Famous Generals: Bradley

    Episode 5

    The story of General Omar N. Bradley, a man of quiet dignity, yet he had a punch that packed a terrific wallop. Find out what made him one of America’s most successful Army generals. Introduction by Academy Award-winning actor Walter Matthau.

  • Famous Generals: MacArthur

    Episode 6

    Narrated by Walter Cronkite and with an introduction by Walter Matthau, this 1963 film chronicles the career of General Douglas MacArthur with an emphasis on World War II action in the Pacific and during the post-war era in Japan.

  • Famous Generals: Patton

    Episode 7

    A remarkable and informative documentary about General George S. Patton, Jr., narrated by Ronald Reagan, that tells the story of a soldier who lived for action and glory and reached the heights in serving his country.

  • Nuremberg

    Episode 8

    A grim account of the Nuremberg trials from 1946. The courtroom was dominated by a large movie screen upon which the prosecution showed films of Nazi atrocities. Much of this footage was confiscated from Nazi officials. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • Let There Be Light

    Episode 9

    This once-banned masterpiece by Oscar-winning director John Huston has been hailed as one of the greatest war films ever. The 1946 film, narrated by Oscar-winner Walter Huston, is an emotional look at the subject of war and its impact on the human psyche.