Easy Company takes on German troops in the French town of Carentan, and the battle takes its toll on one soldier who is badly traumatized by the experience.

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Robert E. (Popeye) Wynn
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Wayne A. (Skinny) Sisk
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Walter S. (Smokey) Gordon Jr.
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Father John Maloney
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Denver (Bull) Randleman
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Trooper on a Horse
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Robert van Klinken
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Nigel Hoyle ...
Leo D. Boyle
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Lester Hashey
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William J. Guarnere
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Cleveland O. Petty
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Easy Company's next objective is to take the town of Carenten where they engage in street to street fighting with a doggedly determined enemy. The fighting is hard and there are many casualties. Having pushed the Germans out, Easy Company now has to hold the position and soon face a counter-attack from German forces, including artillery and tanks. For Pvt. Albert Blythe, the pressure and stress pushes him to the breaking point. He even suffers from hysterical blindness but soon recovers with a few words of encouragement from Winters. After 36 days in battle, Easy Company is finally relieved and get to return to their base in England. Written by garykmcd

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Action | Drama | History | War

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16 September 2001 (USA)  »

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Dale Dye is an actual retired military man who specializes in training actors for war movies. See more »

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Blithe stands up and fires 12 rounds from his M1 Garand at the Germans before his clip is ejected. M1 Garands only have a capacity of 8 rounds per magazine. See more »

Quotes

SSgt. John Martin: Flash.
Harry Welsh: Thunder.
[referring to Germans singing across the field]
Harry Welsh: Catchy tune, ain't it?
SSgt. John Martin: Hey, Lieutenant. What's the news?
Harry Welsh: Oh, the same as it was this afternoon. They're in their hedgerow. We're in ours.
SSgt. John Martin: Spell me a minute sir.
Harry Welsh: You gonna let Blithe get some sack time?
SSgt. John Martin: My back teeth are floating.
Harry Welsh: Get back here ASAP, Martin.
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Spiers' Speech
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Composed by Michael Kamen
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra
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"Carentan" focuses on a single character, but his story is deeply moving
29 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

More often than not, war films glorify soldiers who do brave things in the face of certain death, and rightfully so. But rarely do we see even an hour devoted to those who have suffered at the hands of mental anguish and absolute fear in the face of combat. Occasionally, something will slip through the status quo, like Spielberg's own Saving Private Ryan for instance, but far too often audiences never really get deep down into the dirt with a soldier traumatized by his surroundings.

In "Carentan," the third Band of Brothers episode, we meet Private Albert Blithe, who struggles with shellshock during a particularly intense battle. The scene is shot in a very effective way. The camera tends to shake alongside gunfire and explosions; we want Blithe to pick up his gun and be a hero, but at the same time, we want to send him home so that he will be out of harm's way. Blithe's progression in "Carentan" is a fine example of proper character-oriented storytelling. Shows like The Walking Dead often miss the mark when trying to evolve a side character - or even a main character for that matter - within the confines of a single episode. The Walking Dead, while more about the humans dwelling within a zombie-infested world than about horror and monsters, rarely pulls off an episode following the whereabouts and actions of a supporting player. In "Carentan," however, the Battle of Carentan is so expertly depicted, that it's nearly impossible not to sympathize - or at least understand - the trauma that Blithe is going through.

While the ending of this episode is factually inaccurate, the point it tries to portray should not be overlooked. Apart from Blithe's storyline, we also receive some minor progressions of major characters scattered throughout the episode's running time, including the rumors surrounding Lieutenant Speirs; this sidelining story has been dragged out to a somewhat questionable level yet still manages to be highly engaging.

Overall, "Carentan" is a slow but steady episode that benefits tremendously from Marc Warren's performance as Blithe. There are certainly better single-character episodes to be found within Band of Brothers, but this is one fine installment that shouldn't be overlooked.


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