PBS has a fantastic documentary series about World War II called The War by Ken Burns. It took Burns six years to create the film series, which follows the lives of soldiers that actually fought the war and their families:
Sixteen million American men and women served in uniform during the war; more than 400,000 lost their lives. Find out from those who were there what the war was like on the front lines - in the air, at sea, and on the ground. Discover how they trained and how they fought - and what it was like for them to come home.
Link - Thanks Steve Pearson!