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The closer the Allies got to Japan, the more savage the fighting. Tiny islands like Peleliu and Iwo Jima were carpeted with corpses. The Americans slaughtered wounded Japanese; both sides looted and mutilated the dead.

Desperate and starving, the Japanese turned to cannibalism - but would not surrender. The atomic bomb seemed a godsend to the Allies poised to invade mainland Japan; it would also deter the Soviet Union.

The Hiroshima pilot and a survivor recall the moment that changed the world. Then came the joy of going home - and the pain of having to live with the memories of hell. Powerful, emotional interviews and striking, rare archive film showing combat and victims may be distressing to some viewers.

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    1. Apocalypse Episode 4

      The closer the Allies got to Japan, the more savage the fighting. Tiny islands like Peleliu and Iwo Jima were carpeted…

      • Includes harrowing footage and accounts of atrocities
    2. Armageddon Episode 3

      It was a war of hatred, fanned by propaganda. The Allies filmed themselves machine-gunning Japanese survivors in…

      • Includes footage reflecting the brutality of bitter war
    3. Purgatory Episode 2

      After Pearl Harbour was struck, the Japanese swept across the Pacific. Thousands of Americans and Filipinos died on the…

      • Includes footage reflecting the brutality of bitter war
    4. Inferno Episode 1

      This first of four episodes covers the early part of the war in the Pacific. One of the most bitter battle arenas of…

      • Includes footage reflecting the brutality of bitter war

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Hell in the Pacific is a compelling and provocative four part series accounting the shocking Second World War conflict in the East