A+E Networks-owned channel History is celebrating Presidents Day with two nights of special programming.
The two-part special President’s of War will tell the story of the Second World War through the experiences of eight men who served in active duty before going on to become president.
Produced by All3Media’s Raw TV, the special will look at how each man was changed by their war experience, which shaped their decision making when they reached the White House. Featured will be Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
Their experiences paint a vivid portrait of both the European and Pacific theaters of battle. Pilot George H.W. Bush and 25-year-old PT boat commander John F. Kennedy fight on the front lines in the Pacific, as do Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Meanwhile, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, a man who had never seen combat before the outbreak of the war, goes on to become the supreme allied commander of the European campaign.
Presidents at War airs Feb. 17 and Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on History.
Further programming airing as part of History’s Presidents Day slate includes The Secret History of The White House and The Secret History of Air Force One.
Railsplitter Pictures’ The Secret History of The White House delves into the underground world of the White House, where many have speculated the real centre of power lies. From the first bunkers built to protect FDR and Truman, to the supposed passageways, elevators and vault doors with biometric access control systems, the one-hour special explores both the hidden and known lairs beneath the White House.
The Secret History of The White House premieres Feb. 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT
Additionally, The Secret History of Air Force One brings viewers into the hidden history of presidential flight on Feb. 18 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
The one-hour special, produced by Left/Right Productions, features exclusive footage, archive and insider interviews to tell the story of America’s most famous plane.