In 1942, men from across the USA are in Camp Toccoa, Georgia to undergo paratrooper training. For the men of 'E' Easy Company the training is particularly difficult as a result of their demanding commander, Captain Herbert Sobel. He drives them incessantly to excel, canceling their weekend passes on a whim. His favorite chore is to have the men undertake a run up a hill known as Currahee. While the men are fit and ready for battle, thanks to Sobel, he has unfortunately shown himself to be a weak tactical commander. Once in England, and knowing they will soon be invading the Continent, the sergeants stage a rebellion. Sobel's excesses come to an end when Lt. Dick Winters requests a court martial rather than accept punishment for one of Sobel's lame charges. Written by
Did You Know?
Stephen Ambrose, writer of the book, was not involved in production but was hugely impressed with the miniseries. The majority of veterans represented (or the families thereof) also applauded it. Many of the actors remained on good terms with the families of the veterans they portrayed. See more
As the first C-47 takes off toward France, you can see the pilot is wearing a modern light green plastic headset instead of the black rubber ear-cup type of that era. See more
[reading aloud Col. Sink's announcement of the impending jump into Normandy
"Soldiers of the Regiment! Tonight is the night of nights. Today, as you read this, you are en route to the great adventure for which you have trained for over two years."
So that's why they gave us ice cream.
Features Mr. Lucky
The Mission Begins
Composed by Michael Kamen
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra See more