Watch Again

The U.S. Assault on Okinawa Was Met With an Eerie Silence

Watch More
back to video

The U.S. Assault on Okinawa Was Met With an Eerie Silence

Short | 03:31

When U.S. troops launched their assault on the Pacific island of Okinawa, they expected a fierce resistance from an entrenched Japanese army. Instead, they encountered only bewildered civilians.

On TV

    • Today
    • 8:00pm
    Jun 25
    • Today
    • 11:00pm
    Jun 25
    • Tomorrow
    • 2:00am
    Jun 26

More About This show

By mid-1945, Hitler is dead and the war has ended in Europe. Halfway around the world, however, the fighting is still going strong on a small island in the Pacific. Okinawa was the site of the last battle of the last great war of the 20th century, with a casualty rate in the tens of thousands. Through it all, military cameramen risked their lives to film the conflict, from brutal land combat to fierce kamikaze attacks at sea. See the footage they captured and experience this intense battle the way the soldiers saw it -- in color.

Return to Video Page