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Their Sacrifice, Our Freedom: WWII in the Pacific

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Film Summary

This documentary covers the war in the Pacific, from eyewitness accounts of the attack on Pearl Harbor, to the Japanese surrender ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. It is an information-packed, chronological guide to the milestone events, key battles, causes and consequences of the war and the military and civilian leaders who drove strategy. Interviews with Navy and Marine Corps veterans punctuate the desperate struggle facing the U.S. after its Pacific Fleet was largely destroyed and the Japanese invaded and occupied Manchuria, Southeast Asia, the Philippines and most of the Pacific Island chains.

Hard fought U.S. victories on Guadalcanal and Midway and the island hopping campaigns of the Solomon, Mariana, Gilbert, Marshall and Aleutian Islands are all covered in this film, along with the Bataan Death March, Col. Jimmy Doolittle’s Raid over Tokyo, the shoot-down and death of Admiral Yamamoto due to U.S. code-breakers and Gen. MacArthur’s return to the Philippines. Navy and Marine veterans discuss the anxiety of waiting for orders to invade Japan and their relief when atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki resulted in surrender, ending the war.

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The Pennsylvania Veterans Museum is pleased to offer a DVD of this film free to all PA educators and JROTC programs, however we request a fee for shipping and handling. One film is $6.95, two films $8.95, three films $10.95, four films $12.95 and five films $14.95.  All out of state educators receive a discount, paying $12 per film. For non-educators, we request a fee of $15 to cover the cost of production, duplication and delivery. Order now>>

Lesson Plans

This film is accompanied by lesson plans designed for both General population lesson plans and JROTC programs. Each has a slightly different format; educators should feel free to review both and determine which format they prefer for their individual classes. 

The General population lesson plans are available in either a two- or five-day plan. Again, educators are encouraged to review and select the amount of time they would like to dedicate to this topic.

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