‘Victory at Sea’ Brought World War II Into American Living Rooms

Victory at Sea
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“”Victory at Sea” was an important 1950s documentary TV series. It famously brought the realities of World War 2 to audiences through the miracle of television. The original series ran from 1952 to 1953 and covered important events ranging from the beginning of the war to the ultimate defeat of the Axis powers.

Over the course of 26 episodes, the series presented never-before seen video documenting the attack on Pearl Harbor, massive battles in the Pacific, and the ultimate surrender of the Japanese after the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The raw and real presentation certainly captured the attention of audiences.

While other programs may have been filled with fascinating science fiction or hilarious comedy, “Victory at Sea” used reality to connect with audiences in a meaningful way. The formula worked. Audiences tuned in. In fact, the show was popular enough to have a life beyond its original ’50s run. The entire series, for example, is available on DVD for those who want to relive it.

Do you remember “Victory at Sea”? Are you going to head out and get the DVD set now? If you like this kind of nostalgia, be sure to follow The Greatest Generation on Facebook and Twitter. Let us know in the comments what ’40s or ’50s throwback we should revisit next.