How It Was

HISTORY CHANNEL – Tuesdays from 23 June, 7.30pm

A series that brings new understanding to history’s most pivotal moments, through a fresh examination of ‘raw’ evidence – still photographs, film footage, audio recordings, and vivid eye witness testimony. This groundbreaking series delves beyond what we think we know about world history to determine how events happened, how they felt, and what exactly happened. Episodes this month include:

Episode 1 – The Battle for Iwo Jima: During WWII, The Battle of Iwo Jima was a brutal and unforgiving fight to the death – resulting in the highest casualty rate in Marine Corps history. The event was immortalized by a photograph of the American flag being raised on Mt. Suribachi – the inspiration for the Marine Corps War Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. But there is much more to Iwo Jima than a single image. This episode will change your perceptions about one of the decisive battles in the Pacific campaign. This new examination of startling colour film footage and dramatic eyewitness testimony is highlighted by a rare trip to the remote island where more than 25,000 American and Japanese soldiers died during five weeks of horrific combat.