Band of Brothers: Season 1, Episode 9

Why We Fight (28 Oct. 2001)

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As the Allies move into Germany and the war comes closer to an end, disillusionment and anger set in for Easy Company--until they stumble onto a concentration camp abandoned by the German military.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Bentley ...
Dean Blanke ...
Kristina Brändén Whitaker ...
German Girl with Egg (as Kristina Branden)
George Calil ...
David Forest ...
Prisoner saying Danke


The men of Easy Company are now in Germany, aware that the Germans are surrendering by the thousands and that the war is winding down. With more time to reflect, some of the men are wondering if it was all worth it and begin to question whether the sacrifices they and their absent colleagues have made were worth it. That question is answered when they come across a concentration camp and they see first hand the atrocities committed by the Nazis. Captain Nixon has returned from a jump behind enemy lines that did not go well and resulted in many deaths. He's drinking heavily and has been demoted from Regimental to Battalion intelligence officer. Soon after Hiltler's death, they are ordered to Bertchesgarden, the Nazi leader's mountain-top retreat. Written by garykmcd

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The string quartet at the beginning and then end is playing "String Quartet in C-sharp, op 131," by Beethoven. This song is also interwoven into the background music throughout this episode. See more »


At the beginning of "Why We Fight", the date states April 10, 1945 Thalheim, Germany and the scene is with Capt. Nixon addressing a couple of the men on a balcony watching musicians play a Beethoven piece. Then it flashbacks to a month earlier. At the end, it flashes forward to the original scene and Capt. Nixon states Hitler shot himself. Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945. See more »


David Webster: Shut up! I said, shut up, you Nazi fuck!
[grabs baker]
German Baker: Ich-ich bin kein Nazi!
David Webster: Oh, you're not a Nazi? My mistake, you fat fucking prick. What about a human being? Are you one of those, or are you going to tell me that you never smelt the fucking stench?
[of the nearby concentration camp]
German Baker: Toten sie mich nicht! Bitte toten sie mich nicht!
["Don't kill me! Please don't kill me!"]
German Baker: Ich verstehe nicht was du da sagst!
Pvt. Joseph Lesniewski: Leave him alone, Web. He says he doesn't know what the hell you're talking about.
David Webster: ...
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String Quartet in C# minor, op. 131, 6. movement
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
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Why We Fight
20 October 2015 | by (India) – See all my reviews

As Nixon scrounges for his favored whiskey, Vat 69, Easy Company enters Germany. Some of the men on patrol stumble across a concentration camp (Nazi Germany maintained concentration camps throughout the territories it controlled. The first Nazi concentration camps were erected in Germany in March 1933 immediately after Hitler became Chancellor and his Nazi Party was given control over the police through Reich Interior Minister Wilhelm Frick and Prussian Acting Interior Minister Hermann Göring. Used to hold and torture political opponents and union organizers, the camps initially held around 45,000 prisoners.) near Landsberg and free the prisoners after realizing that the guards had abandoned the camp. The sight of the victims leaves many shocked and disgusted.

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