|War Stories with Oliver North|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||101 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Pamela K. Browne|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original network||Fox News|
|Original release||September 30, 2001 –|
March 25, 2016
War Stories was a military history program on Fox News, hosted by Oliver North, a decorated Marine Corps officer, Vietnam war veteran, and key participant of the Iran–Contra affair. The program covered a number of different stories relating to war and national defense, featuring individuals who were directly involved with the topic covered in the episode.
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Each episode focused on one of three areas:
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North ends the episode with the tagline, "his/hers/theirs is a war story, that deserves to be told".
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