The Vietnam War has provided plenty of inspiration for film director's who are eager to bring the epic battle to the screen. This seven-part program takes a different approach and speaks to actual veterans who fought in the war, as well as showing some impressive vintage footage from the era.
Experience the real story of the Vietnam War as told by those who understood it best - the men who fought it. The longest military conflict in U.S. history, the Vietnam War claimed the lives of more than 58,000 Americans in addition to nearly 6 million Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians. Featuring rare footage and exclusive interviews, Heart of Darkness is an in-depth look at a war that has left us with many unanswered questions to this day.
Dominoes - 1945 - 1964
1. The buildup to war began with the French attempting to reestablish control of Indo-China after World War II. For eight years this struggle continued until 1954 when the battle of Dien Bien Phu marked defeat for the French Legionnaires and began the longest conflict in America's history.
2 - American Boys - 1965 - 1966
An attack on the USS Maddox on August 2, 1964, known as the Gulf of Tonkin Incident, led to the escalation of the United States involvement in the war.
Plus Bonus Episode Segments Huey in a Helicopter War River Patrol Trial by Ordeal - Fire on the Forrestal
3. - LBJ's War - 1966 - 1968
Examines air reconnaissance and tactics to tip the balance in the war including Operation Blackhawk, a mission designed to drive the Viet Cong from the Mekong Delta, destroy enemy encampments, capture weapons and crush defenses.
4. - Dark Days - 1968 - 1970
The Tet Offensive was a coordinated surprise attack launched on January 30, 1968 to paralyze the South Vietnam government and its army in an effort to ignite an uprising among the Vietnamese people.
5. - Was It Worth It' - 1969 - 1972
One of the most controversial battles of the Vietnam War, Hamburger Hill was a 10 day battle designed to destroy the North Vietnamese base areas in the A Shau Valley. It became a turning point for American involvement in the war as President Nixon began announcing the first troop withdrawals.
6. - Last Man to Die - 1971 - 1975
Features interviews with the medics, nurses and helicopter pilots who strived to save as many lives as possible while witnessing the daily carnage of the war.
7. - In Love and War - 1964 - 1973
Reveals the torture of American POWs as described by Rear Admiral James Stockdale who was captured by the North Vietnamese and held captive for nearly 8 years. Plus Bonus Episode Segment - That was ?NAM