This three part series tells the story of the War in the Pacific. Featuring rare footage, often shot by the troops themselves, it tells the astonishing story of a war fought across the vast stretches of ocean that would pioneer entirely new forms of combat. Once sea battles had been artillery contests on the water with ships firing shells within sight of each other, but now they were fought by fighters and bombers roaming miles from their floating landing strips. On land, the need to drive the Japanese off a myriad of small island bases saw the development of immensely sophisticated forms of amphibious warfare. Ships, air support and troops in landing craft worked seamlessly together to take a string of well-defended islands. And finally, it was the war that was ultimately won by resorting to nuclear weapons.