Mark the Anniversary of VJ-Day with HBO’s The Pacific


soldiers raising american flag on iwo jima to illustrate blog post about the anniversary of VJ-Day and mini-series the Pacific

They say men are terrible at remembering anniversaries and sure enough, here’s one that nearly passed me by: the 73rd anniversary of VJ-Day earlier this week on September 2nd.

So, better, late than never, right? That’s why I’m recommending you watch (or re-watch) The Pacific, HBO’s 2010 companion miniseries to 2001’s Band of Brothers.

From Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima

The Pacific’s ten episodes follow the exploits of the 1st Marine Division in the Pacific theater during the battles of Guadalcanal, Okinawa and Iwo Jima, to name three of the most famous ones. It’s based on three memoirs from three different Marines who served in different regiments of the 1st Marine Division.

Just as those Marines didn’t know each other, you won’t recognize a single name actor. But actually, I think that gives The Pacific a documentary quality. All war is hell, but the terrible fighting conditions shown in The Pacific really made an impression on me. See what you think and leave a comment below!

Watch the trailer for The Pacific here: