Directed and produced by Burns and Lynn Novick for WETA Washington D.C. and Florentine Films, THE WAR explores the Second World War from an American perspective, following the experiences of a handful of men and women on the home front and on the battlefront whose lives were transformed during devastating years of war from 1941 to 1945. Six years in the making, the seven-part film relates the story of the war both in the United States and around the globe, focusing on the lives and experiences of Americans from four geographically distributed communities transformed by the war: Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and the small farming town of Luverne, Minnesota. These often harrowing personal journeys and testimonies create a vivid portrait of the war that profoundly affected American lives, communities, and society.
Created to complement the Ken Burns series THE WAR, the WSIU outreach campaign Honor and Sacrifice: WSIU Remembers World War II includes television and radio programs, as well as companion web pages. WSIU's production and outreach staff captured the stories of area veterans across the region. These stories of local interest will be broadcast immediately following select dates of THE WAR.