OT - WWII HD on History Channel

Submitted by jtmc33 on February 28th, 2010 at 11:44 PM

I'm on my 4th episode of the 11 episode series. It's a must see for any History buff. Do it... it's what DVR is for

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Wahlberg

March 1st, 2010 at 12:01 AM ^

I watched a lot of these when it came out last November. Definitely worth watching. A lot of the stories are really chilling. The Japanese civilians that jump off the cliff rather than be "captured" by the allies was astonishing.

coren

March 1st, 2010 at 7:20 AM ^

Amazing series. A must see for all kids who think war is glamorous in some way or like a video game. It's not. It's a dirty, rotten business and just goes to show what kind of sacrifice these service men made and continue to make in the name of freedom.

NMU Blue

March 1st, 2010 at 12:29 PM ^

Watch this, Band of Brothers and The Civil War by Ken Burns in the same month and then explain to me how anyone can not support our troops. Combat is a toxic and corrosive environment that consumes people mentally, physically and emotionally. Combat knows only death and destruction. It is not glamorous. It is not exciting. It is terrifying and crippling and the only real heros are the ones who merely do their duty. Those who do more are truly Gods of War and are the exception, not the rule. God bless those who walk into harms way so that you and I can sleep in peace.

It is documentaries such as these that illustrate how terrible war really is. I strongly believe that Colonel Dave Grossman's book 'On Combat' should be required reading in high schools to help slow our culture of violence. A wake-up call to the young and impressionable who only experience violence in the form of Mortal Kombat, Call of Duty and flashy movies.

amphibious1

March 1st, 2010 at 9:40 AM ^

and a guy with a BA in history; this show does it for me. It doesn't sugar coat it. It doesn't give you BS filler. It shows it as truly as it can for cable TV. I can only hope that the true footage of other glorified wars gets revealed, and shows just how brutal and bloody war really is.

03 Blue 07

March 1st, 2010 at 12:34 PM ^

Well-said. I (and many of us) are incredibly fortunate to have never had to be drafted and fight in a war. My grandfather, a WWII vet, reminds me of this frequently, saying, "probably the best thing that's happened to you that you don't grasp is that you were born at a time where you haven't had to fight in a war," meaning being drafted. Anyone who has been in war- my grandpa, vets, etc- will tell you it is not glamorous and is to be avoided at all costs and only undertaken as a last resort. On a similar note, watching "Band of Brothers," and, specifically, #9 last night- "Why We Fight," this point was made by the fresh-faced O'Keefe who arrives on the lines and wants some "action," i.e., some fighting. He is quickly reprimanded/made to understand that war is not glamorous, and death and destruction are not positive experiences. I can only imagine what it's like to fight next to men and women whose safety is intertwined with yours, and to watch them become injured, maimed, or die. It must be an incredibly harrowing experience and emotionally life-altering.

HAIL 2 VICTORS

March 1st, 2010 at 12:56 PM ^

I was watching this Saturday when my 2nd grade daughter sat down next to me. She asked me why the Japanese did not surrender after the first bomb and why it took a second (Hiroshima/Nagasaki). I told her I was not sure and that maybe they thought we had just one bomb. She looked up at me and says, "They were probably too prideful. Pride makes you do dumb stuff." Then she just gets up and walked out. I was speechless.

MGoShoe

March 1st, 2010 at 1:46 PM ^

...surprise me with their keen (and unexpected) insights on life. My youngest (now in 8th grade) has been doing this since she was your daughter's age and it always leaves me similarly dumbfounded. My recommendation to you: nuture this ability by continuing to speak openly to her about issues without assuming she's too young to get it.