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  • Season 1
    • Battle of Sicily
      Battle of Sicily
      Episode 39
      Fresh from victory in North Africa, the Allies successfully invade the island of Sicily, staging an eventual Italian withdrawal from the war.
    • Bombing of Ploesti
      Bombing of Ploesti
      Episode 38
      American bombers target a Romanian oil refinery in a daring 1943 mission.
    • Kwajalein
      Episode 37
      Examining the battle at the Kwajelein Atoll in the South Pacific during 1944. Included: operations by the Seabees.
    • Battle of Remagen
      Battle of Remagen
      Episode 36
      German forces retreat across the Rhine on the Remagen bridge near the close of the war.
    • El Alamein
      El Alamein
      Episode 35
      Erwin Rommel battles Allied forces in North Africa in 1942.
    • Battle of Anzio
      Battle of Anzio
      Episode 34
      Allied armies encounter German resistance in the Italian fishing town of Anzio.
    • Battle of Dieppe
      Battle of Dieppe
      Episode 33
      The Allies launch an ill-fated attack on the German-occupied port of Dieppe, France.
    • Arnhem
      Episode 32
      The Allies launch an attack designed to push the Germans back to the Rhine River.
    • Fall of the Philippines
      Examining the Japanese invasion of the Philippines in December 1941.
    • Battle of Stalingrad
      German forces encounter Russian resistance.
    • Battle of Okinawa
      Battle of Okinawa
      Episode 29
      Kamikaze pilots guard the island of Okinawa from American forces.
    • Battle of Tobruk
      Battle of Tobruk
      Episode 28
      German field marshal Erwin Rommel scores a major victory at the Libyan seaport of Tobruk.
    • Fall of Poland
      Fall of Poland
      Episode 27
      German tanks roll into Poland in September 1939.
    • U-Boat War
      U-Boat War
      Episode 26
      U-boats posed the deadliest threat to Allied convoys traveling the Atlantic.
    • Bombing of Germany
      Bombing of Germany
      Episode 25
      The development of the B-17 bomber, which allowed American planes to reach inside Germany and bomb its cities.
    • Fall of Berlin
      Fall of Berlin
      Episode 24
      In 1945, Soviet and American troops press Hitler's armies from the west and the east, culminating in the fall of Berlin.
    • Mount Belvedere
      Mount Belvedere
      Episode 23
      The Battle of the Gothic Line in 1944.
    • Commerce Raiders
      Commerce Raiders
      Episode 22
      Heavily armed vessels disguised as ordinary cargo ships patrolled allied waters, sinking supply boats and stealing their content.
    • Operation Mercury
      Operation Mercury
      Episode 21
      After British forces withdrew in defeat from Greece to the island of Crete in early 1941, they were soon fighting German invasion armies again. This time, 5,000 of Hitler's elite paratroopers landed to complete their conquest in the Mediterranean.
    • Mount Hot Rocks: February 19, 1945
      American forces landing on the shores of Iwo Jima encounter Japanese combatants willing to fight to the death.
    • The Last Stronghold: November 1944
      American B-29 high-altitude bomber attacks Japan near the end of World War II.
    • Battle of the Bulge: December, 1944
      The December 1944 battle pitting American forces against German Panzer divisions in the Ardennes Forest.
    • Operation Dragoon: August, 1944)
      The Allies break into France and push the Germans back to their own border.
    • Liberation of the Philippines
      Gen. Douglas MacArthur's return to the Philippines, and the final push to retake the islands after two years of Japanese occupation.
    • Battle in Palau (Summer, 1944)
      As the United States prepared for the invasion of the Philippines, scheduled for late 1944, the tiny Palau Islands had to be taken first.
    • Burma: The Forgotten Front (Spring, 1943)
      The Japanese meet resistance from British forces as they advance through Burma to take India in 1944.
    • The Gilbert Islands: November, 1943
      Bloody fighting erupts on a group of tiny Pacific islands in November 1943.
    • The Solomon Islands (July, 1942)
      For the first time since Americans entered the war, Marines face Japanese infantrymen at Guadal Canal. In the jungles, two powerful armies clash in a six month battle that claims nearly 30,000 lives.
    • North Africa
      North Africa
      Episode 11
      The biggest battles of North Africa during the war.
    • The Battle of Midway (June 2, 1942)
      Only one isolated atoll prevents an enemy invasion of Hawaii. Midway Island is where the Japanese fleet converges on a tiny American base with a massive strafing and bombing attack.
    • Liberation of Paris
      The battle to free Paris in 1944. Allies liberate Paris in the last battle in the Normandy Campaign
    • Pearl Harbor (December 7, 1941)
      During a two-hour surprise attack on the American Pacific fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor, Japanese navy pilots score a near-complete victory.
    • The Fall of Singapore (October, 1941)
      Before the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, the Japanese initiate the Pacific War by firing on the British in Malaya. Their route to the rubber-rich nation takes them into Singapore, the World's most armed fortress.
    • Bombing of England
      The battle for air superiority over Britain in 1940.
    • Retaking France (6 Weeks After D-Day)
      Six weeks after the D-Day invasion of the Beaches of Normandy, the allied forces are pushing the Germans back through the French countryside. Town by town is won back as Panzer divisions retreat back to the Meuse River.
    • D-Day (June 6, 1944)
      D-Day, the 6th of June--one of the most pivotal moments in world history. In a massive armada of thousands of ships, 3,000,000 allied troops land at Three Beaches in Normandy, France.
    • Monte Cassino (September 3, 1943)
      As the allies make their way into Italy, they encounter tremendous resistance at German defensive positions along the Gustav line. One of these locations is an ancient monastery called Monte Cassino.
    • Stalingrad
      Episode 5
      The Axis battles the Soviet Union in a fight for the city of Stalingrad
    • North Africa (November, 1942)
      In the North African desert in 1942, American fighting forces encounter the dreaded Rommel for the first time to stop the German war machine.
    • The Battle of Malta (June 1941)
      In 1941, Mussolini desperately wants to wrest the tiny island of Malta from the British for control of the Mediterranean. When his inadequate air force fails to bomb the Maltese into submission, Hitler's Luftwaffe joins the campaign.
    • Arnheim
      Episode 3
      The Allies attempt to push the Germans back across the Rhine.
    • The Bombing of England (Fall, 1940)
      After invading France, Hitler is planning to cross the Channel. His only obstacle is the Royal Air Force. Throughout the summer of 1940, both sides lose an incredible number of daring flyers.
    • The Battle of Norway (early 1940)
      Early in the war, the Germans decide they need to guarantee access to the Norwegian port of Narvik to ensure their supplies of Swedish iron ore. The British, however, send destroyers to up-end the German plan.
    • Dunkirk (September 1, 1939)
      To keep France free, 400,000 English soldiers have manned the battlefields. Germany's strength is too great and pushes the British to the coast town of Dunkirk.