New series looks at the wartime service that shaped some of America’s presidents
A new History Channel special will focus on eight American presidents who served in uniform in the United States military before serving as commander in chief.
The two-night special, Presidents At War, will begin Feb. 17, and focuses on Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and will tell the story of how their time in uniform changed them, and ultimately shaped their tenure as president.
With luck, the series will look at how their service shaped not just their lives, but the country they would go on to lead. At least, that’s the hope.
Yes, this is supposed to be Richard Nixon.Photo by Brendan George Ko/History
The series appears to use a mix of historical footage and reenactments and will include the European and Pacific theaters of World War II, as well as those war efforts that took place stateside. It will span Ronald Reagan’s time with a motion picture unit in Burbank, California, to Dwight D. Eisenhower, who suffered an early defeat against Germany, but went on to orchestrate the D-Day landings at Normandy, which changed the tide of the war in Europe.
Their experiences, while varied, offer a glimpse of American presidents before they sat in Oval Office. And we may have a chance to see them back when they wore fatigues instead of suits; followed orders instead of giving them; and executed the war plans of sitting presidents, instead of making their own.
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