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Emmy Nominated! "Take no prisoners. Fight to the bitter end." Those were everyday words to combat troops on both sides at the end of World War II in the Pacific. And they led to an unprecedented orgy of slaughter. AMERICAN EXPERIENCE examines the final months of the war and looks at the escalation of bloodletting from the vantage point of the Japanese and the Americans and decisions made by leaders on both sides that finally ended the war.
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A very compelling and accurate documentary. It covers a wide range of areas of the war in the Pacific in 1945. It examines the brutality and totality of this war which is something that...Read complete review

A very compelling and accurate documentary. It covers a wide range of areas of the war in the Pacific in 1945. It examines the brutality and totality of this war which is something that we are very apt to forget today.

The battles for the islands of Saipan and Okinawa are presented. The Japanese soldier does not surrender and looks upon surrender as despicable. They believed in Emperor Hirohito as divine and saw it as an honour and duty to die for him and their country. This cult of death or suicide was well brought out in this film as we see hundreds of happy and committed kamikaze pilots readying for their mission.

The bombings of Tokyo are shown with their aftermath as well as discussions on the obliqueness of the Japanese government in refusing to deal with the worsening conditions of their people. This film examines much of the war from the Japanese perspective and presents good evidence that it was only the dropping of the atomic bombs and the Russian invasion that finally prompted the surrender. Prior to this the Emperor and the war politicians were only negotiating to preserve their political power.

There is an excellent supplemental discourse in the DVD by two historians who present solid evidence that as devastating and inhuman as the dropping of the atomic bombs were, the alternatives were much worse. Even after issuing the Potsdam Declaration at the end of July there was no response from Japan. If the bombs had not been dropped, the war would have been prolonged and hundreds of thousands of Japanese would have died – from the Allied blockade and from the invasion which would have come from both the Americans and the Soviet Union.

War is the most immoral and inhuman act of mankind and once it starts the ending can be very unpredictable and the cost enormous. All countries that start wars find this out.

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Never received this video. Wrong video was sent to me and I returned it and this was acknowledged; I was told I would have to reorder but I would be given a 15%...Read complete review

Never received this video. Wrong video was sent to me and I returned it and this was acknowledged; I was told I would have to reorder but I would be given a 15% discount. Therefore, I did not reorder.

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By Dan

from Battle Creek

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Never received this video. Wrong video was sent to me and I returned it and this was acknowledged; I was told I would have to reorder but I would be given a 15% discount. Therefore, I did not reorder.

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By rick

from spokane,wa

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great just as i expected

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A New Perspective on WW11

By Don

from West Seneca, NY

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Even though one might be a WW11 history buff, this DVD emlightens more than any others I've watched concerning the Pacific. The coverage of the devestation of Japan and it's eventual surrender helps one understand the reason for the dropping of the two atomic bombs. Very cimpelling and of much historical value.

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Must See for any descendant of a service

By Keith

from Charlotte, NC

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My father was a 3 year veteran of the pacific war and this sheds so much light on his beliefs in later life, his reluctance to talk about his experience and his shear joy of knowing he would have a life when he found out the war was over. He was in the Phillippines awaiting the invasion of Japan. The DVD gives the story form the ground up with interviews of combatants to those in command.

I highly recommend this video

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a life changing experience

By Chef Mike in Burlington

from Burlington Ontario

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It's almost impossible to imagine a 19 year old kid from Nebraska, off the farm from Omaha away from home for the first time being tossed into this hell!! They truly were the best of their generation

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