Band of Brothers: Season 1, Episode 7

The Breaking Point (14 Oct. 2001)

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Easy Company remains in the Ardennes Forest preparing for an inevitable attack on German forces in the town of Foy. However, morale is low due to cold weather, constant shelling, poor leadership, and numerous casualties.



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Easy Company is still in the Ardennes forest but the Germans are in retreat. The men are cold and living in foxholes knowing that they will likely be ordered to try and take the town. The Germans have been pushed back to the town of Foy but they are well positioned and have heavy artillery. Their artillery barrages take a heavy toll and several of the veterans of Easy Company are severely wounded including Bill Guarnere and Joe Toye. Those injuries have a particularly heavy impact on their good friend, Lt. Buck Compton. When the attack does come, Easy Company is led by the ineffectual Lt. Dike who makes several tactical errors leading to unnecessary casualties. Capt. Winters, who is observing the battle would like nothing better than to rush into battle to lead his old Company but cannot. In the end, he orders Lt. Speirs to take command of the attack. Written by garykmcd

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The ground is soft when they are digging foxholes in the winter episodes, though it supposed to be frozen. See more »


When Nixon is talking to Winters about someone being sent home to the states, the amount of shaving cream by Winters' left ear changes when the shot cuts back and forth. See more »


Harold Webb: Have a lot of you guys been injured?
SSgt. John Martin: It's called "wounded", Peanut. "Injured" is when you fall out of a tree or something.
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The Breaking Point
20 October 2015 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Easy Company battles near Foy, Belgium, losing numerous men. The episode examines and questions the actions of 1st Lieutenant Norman Dike (Norman Staunton Dike, Jr. (19 May 1918 – 23 June 1989) was a United States Army officer who later served in the U.S. Army Reserve. During World War II he was a lieutenant and captain in the 101st Airborne Division, where one assignment was company commander of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. After World War II, he became a lawyer and businessman and eventually became a permanent resident of Switzerland). He is eventually relieved by 1st Lieutenant Ronald Speirs, who becomes the Company's new leader. Serving as narrator is First Sergeant Carwood Lipton, who attempts to keep the morale of the men up as they endure their trials in the forest near Foy, earning him a battlefield promotion to 2nd Lieutenant for his leadership ability.

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