The men of Easy are on respite after the Battle of Bloody Gulch in Carentan. While everyone hangs out in an English pub, Bill Guarnere lectures the new men, "replacements", on their new comrades in Easy. Private Cobb begins to harass a replacement, Miller, about the battalion citation ribbon he wears, despite his not participating in the battle. Miller silently removes his ribbon and leaves it behind. Buck Randleman picks it up and quietly reminds Cobb that he didn't fight in Normandy either.
Operation Market Garden is announced. Easy will parachute as part of a combined English and American force into Holland to liberate the city of Eindhoven and begin the liberation of Holland itself. The belief is that the Allied forces can then cross the Rhine River and defeat Germany more quickly. While Easy prepares to fly into Holland, Captain Sobel returns, having been promoted to a high position in supply. He confronts Malarkey on stealing the motorcycle, which Malarkey denies. Returning to Easy with Sobel is Popeye Wynn.
Easy jumps into Holland and are heartily greeted by the Dutch, receiving a hero's welcome in Eindhoven. Winters and Nixon have their misgivings about the welcome, however, having expected more resistance. Amongst one crowd on the street are a small group of women who are being deliberately shamed; their hair is being harshly cut off as punishment for fraternization with German soldiers during the occupation. Easy later encounters one of them as she carries her child on the road to Nuenen and the troops give her extra food packs. Private Webb and Sgt Hoobler, while on patrol at night, find a Dutch man hiding out in the basement of his house. His young boy comes out of hiding and Webb gives him a chocolate bar, which the boy likes, having never tried chocolate before.
The company approaches Nuenen and are quickly engaged by strong German forces there. The Germans are backed up by Tiger and Jagdpanzer tanks, which quickly destroy and rout Allied armored support. Several of Easy's members are killed, including Miller, the man Cobb had earlier ridiculed. Lieutenant Buck Compton is wounded and carried out by three men, including Sgt. Malarkey. Easy quickly retreats however, Bull Randleman is separated from them while in a ditch trying to avoid a burning tank.
Bull hides out in a nearby barn and is surrounded by Germans. While waiting for a proper moment to escape, he encounters a local man and his daughter in the barn. After he realizes they are not his enemies, Bull receives help from the man, who digs a large chunk of shrapnel out of his shoulder. Just as the man is bandaging the wound, a small German patrol arrives outside. After a quick inspection of the barn, one of the men who lags behind discovers Bull. Bull kills him but isn't discovered himself and covers the body with straw.
The next morning, Easy has sent a rescue party out for Randleman. They find him being given a ride in a jeep and are very happy to see him alive.