It's a cold, harsh Christmas 1944 for the men of Easy Company as they try to hold the line around Bastogne against attacking German forces. They have no winter clothing, limited rations and little ammunition. For Eugene Rowe, one of the medics, the problem is getting basic medical supplies. He's been scrounging what he can, but it simply isn't enough. He's managed to get supplies from a pretty French nurse in Bastogne, Renee, but as the casualties mount, he finds himself lacking even the most basic supplies. The men of Easy Company are left on their own much of the time as the Company commander, Lt. Dike, spends most of his in his foxhole. Written by
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The Belgian town of Bastogne was of huge strategic importance to the Allieds and their supply routes. The town had seven roads leading in and seven leading out. The Germans were fully aware of this and that's why it was one of the focal points of the Nazi counter-offensive against the invading forces. See more
In the discussion between Doc Roe and Renée they first address each other with the formal and polite second person plural 'vous'. When they ask each others names Doc Roe shifts to using the informal first person singular 'tu' and 'toi'. When Doc Roe departs Renée speaks to him as 'vous' again. This would be unusual between two young people, who are on friendly terms with each other, and have already told their first names to each other. See more
Cpl. Eugene Roe
Oh Lord, grant that I shall never seek so much to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, or to be loved as to love with all my heart.