Narrated by British army veteran and armored warfare instructor Richard Cutland, and brought to you by Wargaming, the Finest Half Hour pays tribute to the heroism of those who opposed fascist tyranny.
With a rich soundscape including period recordings, the series explores all facets of World War 2, from the gut-wrenching decisions of commanders, the sacrifices of individual soldiers, and the terrifying new weapons of war that changed the battlefield forever.
The Battle of Midway
Before the attack on Pearl Harbor, Admiral Yamamoto predicted that he would win victory after victory for the first six months or so of the war, but beyond that he had 'no expectation of success.' In June 1942, he decided to force one more major engagement, which he hoped would decide the course of the war. The battle would take place on the tiny atoll of Midway … but little does he know the Americans have intercepted his plan.
Battle of Java and Coral Sea
Allied fortunes in the Pacific are at their lowest ebb. They’ve been beaten on every front. Their colonies have been overrun. A ragtag fleet is scraped together to face off against the Imperial Armada of Japan. Will the Allies prevail?
Singapore and the Malayan Campaign
The hammer falls on the British. Soon retreat turns into a rout, but will the Japanese be able to take the Gibraltar of the East, the fortress once thought impregnable: the great redoubt of Singapore?
The Fall of the Philippines
Things look grim for the United States. Many of the Pacific fleet's battleships have been damaged or destroyed at Pearl Harbor. The U.S. army is small and unprepared for war … And now their strongest redoubt in the Pacific, the Philippines is under attack.
A day that will live in infamy. A day that shaped the American character and forever changed the American outlook on the war. December 7th, 1942. The attack on Pearl Harbor.
The Invasion of China
At last we turn our focus to the Pacific! The war here begins long before the war in Europe, as Japan looks to build a colonial empire to rival that of any European power. It starts in China. Rogue elements of the Japanese military seize Manchuria and plan to use it as a jumping off point to conquer the mainland. A brutal campaign ensues. But will Japan truly be able to hold such might prize?