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
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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
Shot himself in Berlin.
Sgt. Denver 'Bull' Randleman
Is the war over, sir?
No. We have orders to Berghtesgaden. We're gonna move out in one hour.
Why? The man's not home. Should've killed himself three years ago, saved us a lot of trouble.
Yeah, he should've. But he didn't.
Written by Oscar Hammerstein
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