Sands of War

Sands of War tells the forgotten story of the Desert Training Center — 18,000 square miles of rugged terrain in the Mojave Desert where a million soldiers came to train for battle in WWII. Founded by General George S. Patton in 1942, the DTC tested men and machines in a setting as close to real combat as could be devised. Using both current and rare archival footage, and told through the personal experiences of WWII veterans, the program provides a compelling account of the young men and women thrust onto the stage of world conflict. Produced in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management. Sponsored by NextEra Energy. National feed on PBS – carried by 125+ stations. To see the full half-hour show, visit:

Produced, written & directed by David Donnenfield and Kevin White.

Narrator: Peter Coyote.

Editor: Susan Utell.

Camera: Steve Davy, Don Starnes, David Donnenfield and Kevin White.

Audio Design: Sirius Sound