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"Band of Brothers" The Last Patrol (2001)

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The episode opens with Pvt. David Webster returning to Easy in the French town of Hagenau following a lengthy respite after his wounding at the crossroads battle in Belgium. The other members of Easy, having fought in Bastogne and Foy, act coldly toward him, resentful of his non-participation in those two key battles. Their attitudes hint at Web's long stay in the hospital & his making no effort to return quickly & rejoin the company.

A patrol is planned for the evening: a platoon will cross a nearby river to capture German soldiers for intelligence retrieval. Joining the company is a young 2nd lieutenant, Jones, who is a West Point graduate; winning acceptance from Easy members is just as hard for the young lieutenant as Web's attempts to rejoin them are.

Web begins to show diplomatic skill as he convinces both Capt. Winters & Lt. Spiers to allow the combat inexperienced Lt. Jones to join the patrol & the burned out Sgt. Malarkey to be replaced. Web also is able to negotiate for Joe Liebgott to remain on the Allied side of the river & provide cover fire.

The patrol crosses the river in inflatable boats; one capsizes. As they approach the building where German soldiers are camped out, a young private, Jackson, rushes into the building too soon after throwing a grenade and is seriously wounded. The rest of the platoon rushes the building & captures three Germans. As they retreat with their prisoners, the remaining German forces open fire. One of the prisoners is hit & is left on the riverbank. Arriving on the opposite side, the platoon takes Jackson & the prisoners to the basement of battalion headquarters. Several of the men, still feeling the adrenaline effects of the mission, are ready to kill the prisoners in retaliation for Jackson, who dies while being treated by Doc Roe. Lt. Jones is able to restore order.

The next morning, Winters & Spiers observe the demolition of the building by explosives planted during the patrol. Lt. Col. Sink reports that another patrol is scheduled for that night & will involve going deeper into the enemy encampment for more prisoners. Capt. Winters meets with the men later & tells them that they will not go on another patrol, but he will report that they did. The men are relieved & grateful for Web's successful diplomacy of the day before and welcome him back into Easy as they leave Hagenau.

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