The War is a seven-part American World War II documentary television mini-series that premiered on September 23, 2007. The program produced by American filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, narrated primarily by Keith David.
The film focuses on World War II in a "bottom up" fashion through the lenses of four "quintessentially American towns":
- Luverne, Minnesota
- Mobile, Alabama
- Sacramento, California
- Waterbury, Connecticut
The film recounts the experiences of a number of individuals from these communities as they move through the war in the Pacific, African and European theaters, and focuses on the effect of the war on them, their families and their communities.
The documentary is 14 hours and was broadcast in seven parts. The documentary was provided to affiliates in two versions: One with profanity generally prohibited by regulations (including explanations of the acronyms FUBAR and SNAFU) and one without the expletives.
Introduction to the American entry into WWII. Tells us about the four towns Burns selected for narration about the wartime experiences of the residents of those places. Covers the war in Europe; Pearl Harbor; The Draft; and, General MacArthur abandoning his troops at Bataan. Finishing with the Pacific campaigns of Midway and Guadalcanal.