HBO premieres The Pacific war series

HBO original series The Pacific brings you up close and personal with a real war situation on May 30, after the 9 p.m. movie on HBO.

The series tracks the intertwined odysseys of three U.S. Marines, across the vast canvas of the Pacific Theatre of World War II. The extraordinary experiences of these men and their fellow Marines takes them from the first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain forests of Cape Gloucester, up the sand terraces of Iwo Jima, through the killing fields of Okinawa, to the triumphant, yet uneasy return home after V-J Day.

The Pacific is based in part on the books, With the Old Breed by Eugene B. Sledge and Helmet for My Pillow by Robert Leckie This ten-part miniseries looks at the experiences of these men and their brothers-in-arms, fighting for their lives on faraway specks of land they had never even heard of.

Forced to endure extreme deprivation and a debilitating climate, while fighting a brutal enemy who would rather die than consider surrender, these Marines are driven to the brink of their humanity. The series depicts these battles as it explores the human cost of war.