Theater of War – The Pacific Campaign
6 x 30′ – WW1/Historical/Documentary Series
SERIES ONE – Tensions Rise and Under Attack
Part 1 – Tensions Rise: Opening Moves
As Europe went to war in September 1939, in the Far East the Japanese were already embroiled in a bitter conflict with China. Tensions between Japan and the USA were also increasing, and with the Empire of the Rising Sun forming an alliance with Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, a global war was fast becoming inevitable. Against the backdrop of the escalating battles of WWII in Europe, discover the deep seated distrust Japan had for the west, and the bitter consequences of the Japanese entering World War II in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
Part 2 – Under Attack: Pearl Harbor
When the Japanese Imperial Army attacked the US Naval Fleet at Pearl Harbor on the 7th of December 1941, they changed the course of history. Suddenly the USA, which had been so set against entering the war, rallied behind President Franklin D. Roosevelt and demanded revenge against the Japanese. The USA was now at war on foreign soil and on the high seas out in the Pacific Ocean, and once they had recovered from the shock of Pearl Harbor, they rapidly became a force to be reckoned with.
SERIES TWO – Relentless Onslaught and Victory at Sea
Part 3 – Relentless Onslaught: The Japanese Advance
Moving at great speed after the devastation of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese made the most of the advantage afforded them by their surprise attack. Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore fell like dominoes to the Imperial forces, and despite the best efforts of General Douglas MacArthur, the Philippines were destined to follow. The beginning of the war in the Pacific was going all Japan’s way.
Part 4 – Victory at Sea: America Fights Back
One of the greatest battles of the war in the Pacific was fought at Midway as the American Navy stopped the Japanese in their tracks. Preceded by the Battle of the Coral Sea, the US troops had served notice that they meant business and the Japanese had to face the fact that they were not invincible. Interestingly, the Battle of Midway was reported in Japan as a great victory over the Americans rather than the defeat that it was, as the Imperial government tried to ensure that public morale would never for a moment falter.
SERIES THREE – Flying the Stars and Stripes and The Final Act
Part 5 – Flying the Stars and Stripes: Territorial Gains
Part 6 – The Final Act: From VE Day to VJ Day
As Europe celebrated the collapse of Hitler’s Nazi regime and an Allied victory, out in the Pacific the Japanese continued to fight to the bitter end, with surrender being inconceivable. The USA had a new President in Harry S Truman, and within weeks of taking office he had a terrible decision to make. The Atomic Bomb was at his disposal, and would guarantee an unconditional Japanese surrender; but at what cost?