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  • Posted December 14, 2010

    Great focus on Pacific war

    I watched all of the episodes in about a week, two at a time. They did a wonderful job collectively of conveying the awfulness and barbarity of the Pacific war, which was even a bit alien to me as I had always focused on the European theater. Even the soundtrack is haunting, with an unsettling feeling surrounding the overview of the campaign map and the battles ahead. With so many tiny islands, it made sense to center the series around a few main characters, whose experiences could represent those of others. Peleliu was a good choice, too, since it is often thought to have been an unnecessary battle yet one that exacted a high cost for the Marine Corps. I thought the scene selections were also wise; it made sense to return to the States to contrast life on the home front with that on the beaches and in the jungles, as well as to point out how so many of the veterans found it difficult to relate to the lives they had left. In the case of John Basilone, you couldn't really tell his story without the home scenes. I have since read Robert Leckie's "Helmet For My Pillow" and am reading E.B. Sledge's "With the Old Breed," both of which I recommend. This DVD set will educate you about a vast theater of the Second World War and why so many of its veterans have been unable to talk about it.

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  • Posted February 7, 2011

    Excellent!

    I really enjoyed this series! Left me thinking about the characters and what they had to deal with for days afterward. What these Marines had to endure is pure horror. This series is very graphic and not for the faint hearted. If you can deal with the occasional gore, the story is extremely good and will give you a greater appreciation for the men who fought.

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