|Also known as||'Battle 360'|
|Genre||Documentary / History / War / Military / Aviation|
|Written by||Tony Long|
Samuel K. Dolan
|Directed by||Tony Long|
|Narrated by||Wally Kurth|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Executive producer(s)||Louis C. Tarantino|
Douglas J. Cohen
Samuel K. Dolan
|Running time||54 minutes (approx. without commercials)|
|Original release||February 29 –|
May 2, 2008
Battle 360°, also written as Battle 360, is an American documentary television series that originally aired from February 29 to May 2, 2008 on History. The program focuses on the World War II-era aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. The show was produced by Flight 33 Productions.
Battle 360° makes extensive use of computer animation to depict the story of the Enterprise. The animation is combined with documentary footage, interviews of Enterprise crew members and military historians, and voice-over narration.
The series was written by Tony Long and Samuel K. Dolan, and produced by Brian Thompson, Samuel K. Dolan and Tim Evans. It is narrated by Wally Kurth. Military historians providing commentary included Alan Pietruszewski, First Sergeant William Bodette, Martin K. A. Morgan, Jonathan Parshall, and producer and story editor Samuel K. Dolan. The 3D graphics are by Crazybridge Studios, with additional graphics by Radical 3D; the visual effects supervisor is Steffen Schlachtenhaufen. The executive producers were Louis C. Tarantino and Douglas J. Cohen, and the associate producer was Ryan Hurst.
The series original run was broadcast with limited commercial interruptions because of its sponsorship by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, whose founder, Jack Taylor, served on the Enterprise as a fighter pilot during World War II.
Each episode of Battle 360 makes extensive use of veteran interviews from the sailors, pilots and Marines of the USS Enterprise (CV-6). Many of these veterans' accounts appear as ongoing storylines throughout the series and the veterans themselves become regular characters. Among the veterans interviewed for the program are pilots Captain Donald "Flash" Gordon, Stanley "Swede" Vejtasa, Captain Norman "Dusty" Kleiss, Rear Admiral James D. Ramage, and Bruce McGraw. Among the ship's surviving crew interviewed for the series are Yeoman Willard Norberg, Roy E. Blood (1918-2015), Jack Glass, Arnold Olson and James Barnhill. Members of the ship's Marine Detachment are also interviewed including Louis Michot, Jack Maroney, Frank Graves, Richard Harte, Walter Keil and George E. Lanvermeier, Sr.
In addition to the Enterprise veterans, there are a number of veteran contributors from other vessels that fought with the Enterprise, including sailors from USS Hornet (CV-8), USS Northampton (CA-26), USS North Carolina (BB-55), and USS Smith (DD-378).
The series consists of 10 episodes.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Call to Duty"||February 29, 2008|
|The attack on Pearl Harbor, the entry of the United States into World War II, the Marshall Islands Raid, and the Doolittle Raid.|
|2||"Vengeance at Midway"||March 7, 2008|
|The Battle of Midway.|
|3||"Jaws of the Enemy"||March 14, 2008|
|The Solomon Islands campaign and the beginning of the battle for Guadalcanal. The Enterprise also receives a baptism of fire in the Battle of the Eastern Solomons.|
|4||"Bloody Santa Cruz"||March 21, 2008|
|The Solomon Islands campaign and the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands.|
|5||"Enterprise versus Japan"||March 28, 2008|
|Fighting in the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal as the only American aircraft carrier active in the Pacific theater of war.|
|6||"The Grey Ghost"||April 4, 2008|
|The refitting and repair of the Enterprise, and the battle for the Gilbert Islands.|
|7||"Hammer of Hell"||April 11, 2008|
|Assaulting Truk Lagoon as part of Operation Hailstone, including the first night radar bombing attack from a U.S. carrier.|
|8||"D-Day in the Pacific"||April 18, 2008|
|The Battle of the Philippine Sea, the largest aircraft carrier battle in history, and the Enterprise's participation in the Saipan Campaign.|
|9||"Battle of Leyte Gulf"||April 25, 2008|
|The Battle of Leyte Gulf, the largest naval battle of World War II, and the Philippines Campaign of 1944-45.|
|10||"The Empire's Last Stand"||May 2, 2008|
|The battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, night sorties, attacks by kamikazes, the end of World War II, and the legacy of the Enterprise.|
Repeats of the series are currently airing on the digital broadcast network Quest.
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- Battle 360° episode guide on History.Com Archived April 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine