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Scenes from ‘The War’

Ken Burns’ “The War,” beginning Sept. 23 on PBS, is told mostly through vintage photographs and film. A World War II tale is written in this face, photographed in Hurtgen, Germany, in December 1944. (National Archives / PBS)
While so many were called away to fight the war, those still at home had to carry on with the work to be done here. This photo was taken along the B&O Railroad in 1943. (National Archives / PBS)
The discomforts of soldiering are recorded in a photograph taken in Belgium in January 1945. (National Archives / PBS)
Soldiers try to relax yet remain alert in Geich, Germany, on Dec. 11, 1944. (National Archives / PBS)
The rush of war is captured in a photograph taken on the island of Okinawa, where heavy fighting took place in 1945. (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration / PBS)
War’s casualties are recorded on the island of Okinawa on April 4, 1945. (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration / PBS)
In a shattered church in Acerno, Italy, on Sept. 23, 1943, a soldier stands witness to war’s destruction. (National Archives / PBS)