Captain Winters leads Easy Company in an attack on what they thought was a machine gun nest but turns out to 2 Companies of German SS who also have artillery support. The attack is successful in that they virtually wipe out the enemy but they do suffer many casualties. He soon finds himself promoted as the 2nd Battalion's Executive Officer and while he has concern about leaving Easy Company, he knows they are in good hands with Lt. Moose Heyliger. In the aftermath of the disastrous Operation Market Garden, Easy Company is assigned to assist a large group of British paras who are trapped behind enemy lines. Later, with Christmas approaching, the men suddenly find all passes canceled and they are quickly moved to Bastogne to help defend the city from the German offensive. The company is now led by Lt. Norman Dike, for whom the men have little respect. Written by
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In the first combat sequence where Winters and his squad ambush the German machine gun crew, Winters points out individual targets to each man. "First on the right, second on the left", etc. To suggest shooting accuracy, Winters is shown adjusting his rear sight windage knob. This is a factual error. Given night time and the short range (probably 100 yards max), windage adjustment would be useless - for the most part the rear sight would be useless - this is a point and shoot situation firing multiple rounds. Rifles would have been set for what was called "battle sight zero" - the range (elevation) would have been set at 300 yards. If your target was less then 300 yards away, you'd aim low (belly). If the target was over 300 yards away, you'd aim high (head). Winters is shown later (at the river crossing) shooting from the hip at the German in the field. In night time shooting from the prone position, you're essentially doing the same thing, you're pointing your rifle at your target. The low light at night essentially makes the rear sight useless as it would be extremely difficult to line up with the front sight and the intended target. See more
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