Hell in the Pacific

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War Documentary hosted by Jonathan Lewis, published by Channel 4 in 2001 - English narration

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If all war is hell, it remains the case that for sheer hatred and intense savagery, the Pacific theater of operations during World War II developed into one of the deeper rings of agony. That intensity is explored and explained in Hell in the Pacific. Two years in the making, Hell in the Pacific is a four-part film, spanning 13 countries and following literally in the footsteps of the soldiers of 60 years ago. The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in December 1941 propelled the United States into World War II and marked the beginning of the war in the Pacific. This series breaks down the traditional view of this conflict as a war between merciless Japanese and heroic Allies. This critically acclaimed series documents the true story of perhaps the most bitter battle arena of the Second World War. For countless Americans, British, Australians and New Zealanders, as well as the people of the Asia-Pacific region, the war meant ferocious fighting, and for many, appalling conditions in Japanese captivity. Atrocities were committed on both sides in a war without mercy. Rare and extraordinary archive film, and powerful and poignant eyewitness accounts bring to life a brutal conflict in a places that looked like paradise but turned out to be hell. Written, Produced and Directed by Jonathan Lewis ; A Carlton Television Production in association with TLC for Channel 4

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Dec, 7th 1941 Japan launches attacks across the Pacific region, killing thousands in Pearl Harbor and capturing Singapore -- a vicious and bloody battle ensues that raged across oceans, remote islands and jungles. This episode covers the early part of the war in the Pacific, one of the most bitter battle arenas of World War II. Pearl Harbor led America into the greatest conflict ever recorded.

[edit] Purgatory

"Purgatory" looks at the extraordinary fate of Australian nurses evacuated from Singapore and America's retaliation at Midway. After Pearl Harbor was attacked, Japanese forces swept across the Pacific. Thousands of Americans and Filipinos died on the Bataan Death March and prisoners were forced to labour. This episode covers the plight of those who fell into Japanse hands during WWII. Over 100,000 prisoners of war endured appalling conditions in camps whilst nurses were raped and murdered.

[edit] Armageddon

In "Armageddon," viewers witness death and survival in Japanese prison camps and the horror experienced by women who fell in the path of soldiers. In a war conducted far from the sight of the Geneva convention thousands of soldiers were captured, tortured and killed, both on the battlefields and in prison camps. This part investigates how propaganda fuelled hatred. In cinemas, the Allies showed films Japanese survivors being machine-gunned in lifeboats. The Japanese scoured prison camps to find prisoners fit enough to act in films.

[edit] Apocalypse

The final episode, "Apocalypse," reviews the last merciless battles, the bomb that changed the world and, for some, the most difficult journey of all, going home. As the Allies neared Japan, the fighting got more savage. Tiny islands like Iwo Jima were carpeted with corpses. The Americans slaughtered wounded Japanese. Both sides looted and mutilated the dead. As Japan weakened, her resistance grew - some committed suicide; with supplies dwindling others turned to cannibalism. But it all ended when the atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima.

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Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
Video Bitrate: 2361 kbps
Video Resolution: 720x544
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.324:1
Frames Per Second: 25.000
Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3) AC3
Audio Bitrate: 192kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: english
RunTime Per Part: 48:50
Number Of Parts: 4
Part Size: 895 MB
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