Accompanying the visual images of World War II are the true experiences of a dozen different solders, whose diaries and war journals tell their personal war stories. As the war’s larger events are chronicled, we’re introduced to individuals such as an army nurse who served in the North African campaign through to the liberation of the concentration camps, a young African American man who became a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, and the son of Japanese immigrants who ended up captured and imprisoned in Europe. The writings of these 12 veterans are brought to life by the voices of several Hollywood personalities, including LL Cool J, Rob Lowe, Amy Smart and Rob Corddry.
The ten hours of “World War II in HD” moves from Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima, covers the European and Pacific theaters, and chronicles the major battles at both land and sea. But the real star of this documentary is the color film, which illuminates the wartime landscape, and makes World War II come alive like never before. If nothing else, the footage gives viewers a much better understanding of what kind of conditions U.S. soldiers had to live through day after day…they were called “The Greatest Generation” for a reason.