It is a 26-part series showing combat footage, especially naval, from World War II; including some famous shots like the flag raising at Iwo Jima's Mount Suribachi and the "Kiss" in Times Square on V-J Day. It is famous for its orchestral soundtrack composed by Richard Rodgers, which is often played separately from the series.
- Badass Navy: The U.S. Navy, of course.
- Big Badass Battle Sequence: And a lot of them, too.
- Black and White Morality: There is no pretence of objectivity; Allies are good, Axis are bad and that is that. Of course, this is one of the few wars where that would almost be appropriate, but in Real Life it was closer to Grey and Black Morality, considering that the Allies included half of the signatories of the Nazi-Soviet pact.
- Catchphrase: "And now...Volume Titled X"
- Curb-Stomp Battle: "The Turkey Shoot" (about the Battle of the Phillipine Sea).
- Earth Is a Battlefield: Earth's oceans, at any rate.
- Easy Logistics: Averted; many of the shots taken are of the supply train and they get due credit for winning the war.
- Evil Navy: All Axis navies. However the series isn't completely without sympathy for those who serve in them. The IJN especially are given due respect for the horrible conditions of their sleeping quarters.
- Final Battle: "Suicide for Glory".
- Flaunting Your Fleets: What else, with that title?
- Purple Prose: Admittedly slightly over the top. But quite poetic at times and has a number of literary references, including biblical quotes, and at least one reference to Clausewitz (in the 18th volume).
- There's No Place Like Home: The final volume, "Design for Peace".
- What a Senseless Waste of Human Life: "The once magnificent Imperial Fleet is no more. That dream has ended. It dies in the battle of Leyte Gulf. And it dies in vain."
- You Shall Not Pass!: Samar Island, in the volume "Leyte".