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Why We Fight 

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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Alton M. More
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Robert E. (Popeye) Wynn
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Jack E. Foley
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Wayne A. (Skinny) Sisk
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Old German in Landsberg
Dean Blanke ...
German Grandson
Kristina Brändén Whitaker ...
German Girl with Egg (as Kristina Branden)
George Calil ...
James H. (Mo) Alley Jr.
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Col. Robert F. Sink
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Burton P. (Pat) Christenson
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John W. Martin
David Forest ...
Prisoner Saying 'Danke'
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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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Action | Drama | History | War

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28 October 2001 (USA)  »

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The actors were deliberately kept away from the concentration camp set until the day they were actually due to film there so their reactions to what they were seeing were more honest. See more »

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The jacket worn by Private Webster changes from that of a staff sergeant to a private in subsequent scenes. See more »

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[Perconte and O'Keefe arrive at an observation post to relieve Hashey and Garcia]
Antonio C. Garcia: Hallelujah!
Lester Hashey: 'Bout time.
Frank J. Perconte: Yeah, well, consider yourself lucky. Nixon was givin' another current events lecture. So, tell me nothin's happenin'.
Antonio C. Garcia: Nothin's happenin'. Couple of artillery rounds at dawn, probably from across the river, but that's about it. It spooked Hashey, though.
[Hashey hands Perconte a book]
Lester Hashey: Here, Perco. Just finished it.
Frank J. Perconte: Yeah? Any sex in it?
Lester Hashey: Ain't that kinda book. See ya.
Frank J. Perconte: Yeah, see ya.
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Blood on the Risers
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Written by American Paratrooper
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The best episode in series for me
20 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

This episode is very different to others. It's not about action scenes like bloody combats, hard training or relationship between solders. The beginning of "Why we fight" is very peaceful, soft (including opening talk). Eventually expectation of something extremely terrifying appears... What comes next? You'd better see it on your own.


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