History Channel has had this on, 10 hours of documentary based around a lot of never before seen color movie film taken in combat in WWII. Some of the narration is by the actual soldiers who were there.
I was sick the one night, but the two nights I’ve seen I sat there with my jaw hanging… it’s hard to watch but yet I can’t not watch, I feel like I have to see this. And some of the footage is quite graphic, when you see guys blown apart or that have been lying dead on a beach for three days turned black and swelled up… I dunno if it’s just the old film or what but it seems way more real than anything on CSI or NCIS or whatever. It just brings it all home, this is what war is.
My grandfather’s two bothers both faught in WWII, one got a purple heart, too, but they never talked about it; in fact the one brother is kind of estranged from the family and the other passed on quite a few years ago.
Of course in those bad old days Japan was the enemy, and they did just as many horrible things as Hitler’s Nazis. And America was racist as ever, segregating an all black unit who flew fighters and having an all-Japanese-American unit in the European theatre - the in action footage of these guys is the only black and white film in the whole documentary.
I kind of think every high school kid should have to watch this just to know what it’s all about - and so should everyone in Federal office. Maybe they’d be less inclined to dither around in the middle east and just blow Al-Queda off the map and bring the boys home.