A Deadly Calling: November 1943 – June 1944


Episode Info

The November 1943 Army-Marine Corps assault on Tarawa in the Pacific and the reaction to color footage of the battle shown in the U.S. are recalled. Also: The drive north in Italy stalls at Monte Cassino, leading to a risky plan to land Allied forces behind enemy lines at Anzio. Back home, racial violence erupts in Mobile, Ala.; blacks train for combat, but generally are assigned to service posts; a policy reversal permits Japanese-American men, previously labeled "enemy aliens," to volunteer.