8-Part Documentary Collection
December 7th - a day that has lived in infamy - shall never be forgotten. 2,403 souls lost - over 1,000 more injured. Revisit the historic day and capture the gripping stories of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor as we mark the 75th Anniversary of the devastating airstrike that launched the United States into World War II.
This collection includes 8 documentaries giving an in-depth look at the period leading up to Pearl Harbor and the patriotic response from Americans that enlisted to fight back.
December 7th, 1941
(1942) - B&W - Not Rated
Walter Huston, George O’Brien, Ralph Byrd
This Oscar-winning documentary on the Pacific War begins with Japanese preparations before the bombing of Pearl Harbor and ends with the U.S. dropping the atomic bombs on Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Aside from the interesting footage on the Japanese home front before Pearl Harbor, there are also many questions raised as to why the U.S. was not aware that Pearl Harbor might be bombed. Evidence is given that enemy planes were sighted earlier and messages were decoded, both in time to give plenty of warning.
The World at War
(1942) - B&W - Not Rated
The documentary covers the decade prior to the United States entering World War II, covering historical events that transpired around the world which eventually compelled America to fight. Actions taken by Germany, Italy and Japan during this time caused concern to the people of the free world and made for steps to be taken by the United States and other countries to safeguard their independence. The invasion of Manchuria, German aggression in Europe, Italian actions in Africa and the eventual attack on Pearl Harbor finalized the resolve of America to preserve democracy. December 7th, 1941 covers the attack which took place at 7:55 AM on Sunday, December 7th, 1941. President Franklin Roosevelt called this “a date which will live in infamy,” when the Japanese began an air attack that devastated the Pacific fleet and took the lives of 2,343 servicemen. Since few cameras were actually present during the surprise attack, Lt. Cmdr. John Ford skillfully blends historic action with studio shots in this ACADEMY AWARD®-winning look at the day’s events.
Remember Pearl Harbor
(1944) - Color/B&W - Not Rated
Brought together into as a retrospective of World War II, these three documentaries highlight some of the fiercest battles fought by American Armed Forces in the Pacific. The Pacific War offers an overview of the events leading up to and following December 7th, 1941, a serious mistake for Japan as the battle cry “Remember Pearl Harbor!” swept away isolationist sentiment in the U.S. In November 1943, the Japanese still controlled the Philippines, the Indies, the Carolines, the Marshalls and the Gilbert Islands, but the Battles of Tarawa & Makin broke their hold on the two most important atolls in the Gilberts. Fury in the Pacific is the record of an amphibious assault on Peleliu in the Belau Islands--a joint operation by the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard, typifying the violence of the Pacific campaign. Narrated by Ronald Reagan, We Take New Guinea shows how in February of 1944, Allied forces tackled the Admiralty Islands, isolated New Britain and New Ireland, and paved the way for capturing New Guinea.
Appointment in Tokyo
(1945) - B&W - Not Rated
These World War II documentaries feature stories about the attack on Pearl Harbor and other battles in the Pacific early in the war. Pearl Harbor Payback depicts the initial attack by the Japanese on American forces in Pearl Harbor, the heroic but doomed defense of the Philippines, MacArthur’s long struggle to fight his way back, the first bombing raid on Tokyo by B-29 Superfortresses, and more. Also included are Target Tokyo, a 1945 documentary narrated by Ronald Reagan, which follows the first bombing raid on Tokyo by B-29 Superfortresses, and another World War II short film, Air War Against Japan. Appointment in Tokyo covers the American war effort in the Pacific from the fall of Bataan and the Philippines to the surrender of Japan on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri. Covering events through the use of Army Signal Corps film footage as well as captured Japanese newsreels, the documentary presents the war with an up-close feel and a realistic, though opinionated approach.
Pearl Harbor: Attack on America
Dive into the War in the Pacific like never before with this documentary series chronicling the fight from prior to Pearl Harbor up until the last bomb was dropped. Featuring combat footage and interviews with veterans from both sides, learn about their experiences and perspectives from America's war with Japan. Part 1 – Hakko Ichiu , Part 2 – The Doomed Fleet , Part 3 – The Giant Awakes
Victory at Sea: The Pacific Boils Over
(1952) - B&W - Not Rated
Using Japanese footage, viewers see the planning, execution and, ultimately, the celebration of the country's attack on Pearl Harbor. There is also an explanation provided for the attack and some peaceful moments depicted among the U.S. sailors before the fateful events begin. Though badly damaged, the U.S. Navy survives to fight again.
WWII Diaries – December 1941
This compelling series highlights the details and daily headlines of September 1939 through September 1945, showcasing the conflicts between the Axis and the Allies. Comprehensive and insightful, these chronicles unravel the epic struggles and unimaginable horror that plagued the vast majority of the world’s nations. From the front lines to the home front this exceptional series contains hours of wartime video footage, newsreels, photographs and much more! This featured segment from the documentary series covers the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the United States declaration of war on Japan.
Crusade in the Pacific
(1951) - B&W - Not Rated
Part 1 – Rise of the Japanese Empire (ep 3 of “War in the Pacific”)
This episode examines Japanese military aggression and growth prior to World War II. It looks the creation of the puppet state Manchukuo in Manchuria and the eventual war with China. It examines Japanese imperial interests in Philippines, Malaya, Singapore, and Indochina and discussions the decision to bomb Pearl Harbor.
Part 2 – America Goes to War in the Pacific (ep 4 of “War in the Pacific”)
This episode examines America's entry into World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. It looks at early Allied loses on Wake Island, Guam, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Indonesia. It also looks at the turning of American industry to war and the training of American soldiers.
December 7, 2016 marks the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor - There will be numerous commemorations of the anniversary throughout the country