Band of Brothers (2001)
Frequently Asked Questions
No. The story ends with the war ending. However, there is a follow-up mini-series detailing the accounts of, and titled The Pacific (2010) from the same people that brought you 'Band of Brothers'.
Because only movies and not TV series are eliglible for the "best movie list" and 'Band of Brothers' was a made for HBO mini-series. It is however, #1 on the Top TV Shows.
Please note that BoB is a dramatized version of what happened. While some scenes are very close to what actually happened, other scenes have been dramatized to work better in the series format. For more information, read Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose, "Biggest Brother" (a Dick Winters biography) by Larry Alexander, Parachute Infantry by David Kenyon Webster and brothers in battle best of Friends by William Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron.
A good example of the dramatic license taken by the producers & writers is the Brecourt Manor Assault. In the episode "Day of Days" the battle lasts about 15 minutes. In reality, it lasted about 3 hours.
The real Ranney survived the war. He can be spotted in ep. 5, where he takes part in the Oct. 5 combat action which foils a planned attack on Col. Sink's regimental HQ by two SS companies. Ranney is also referenced in the final line of the series, in which the real Dick Winters quotes a letter he received from Ranney after the war. Ranney was also among the chief organizers of the Easy Company reunions.
"S" is used to designate staff at the battalion or regimental level. At division level or higher a "G" is used. "S-1" is the designation for an Administrative Staff officer. "S-2" is used for Intelligence officers. "S-3" is used for Operations officers. Nixon was the battalion then regimental S-2, then later he was demoted to battalion S-3 because of his drinking habit. "S-4" is used for Supply officers. Captain Sobel held this position from Holland to the end of the war.
Edit: S-2 to S-3 is not a demotion, in fact it would generally be considered a promotion.
The 101st Airborne Division was made up from four regiments, an attached glider infantry battalion, three artillery battalions, an AAA/AT battalion, and an engineer battalion, plus support units. The paper strength was 12,335 men and officers in 1943.
501st Parachute Infantry Regiment, 502nd Parachute Infantry Regiment, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 327th Glider Infantry Regiment
Each regiment consisted of three battalions, each battalion containing three companies. 1st Battalion had Able, Baker and Charlie companies, plus a headquarters (HQ) company, 2nd Battalion had Dog, Easy, and Fox, plus Battalion HQ companies, and 3rd Battalion had George, How and Item, plus HQ companies. Each company consisted of three platoons and a headquarters section. Each platoon consisted of three 12-man rifle squads and a six-man mortar team squad. Each squad had a .30 machinegun, and the mortar team a 60 mm mortar. A company totalled 132 men and 8 officers.
1/401st Glider Infantry (an attached battalion), 321st Glider FA Battalion (75mm field artillery), 907th Glider FA Battalion (105mm field artillery), 377th Parachute FA Battalion (75mm field artillery), 81st Airborne AAA/AT Battalion (antiaircraft artillery/antitank)
326th Airborne Engineer Battalion, 101st Signal Company, 326th Airborne Medical Company, 426th Airborne Quartermaster Company
It's an Indian word, which translates as "stand[s] alone," and is the name of the mountain paratroopers at Camp Toccoa would routinely run. Currahee Mountain is so named because it stands alone in otherwise level countryside. Another version is a phonetic translation of "coraje"; courage in Spanish.
He plays First Sgt Evans, Sobel's right hand man. Evans is killed in a plane crash on D-Day. He can be seen prominently in the first episode: Curahee and briefly in the beginning of the second episode.
They were there to acquaint the US soldiers with the look of German uniforms. Most of the 101st AB troopers hadn't been in combat, and few had seen a German soldier. To be able to properly identify an enemy reduces the risk of hesitation (which can kill you), and also reduces the risk of friendly fire.
Also, there were Brits in German uniforms that were going to parachute in to penetrate the enemy ranks, gather intelligence, and generally cause havoc.
According to Richard Winters, he did do it, even if it didnt happen at the time and place shown in the series. It was portrayed that way because the scriptwriters didn't really know. Later, the true story emerged. From page 160 in "Biggest Brother" by Larry Alexander, a biography on Richard Winters: "He [Winters] knew the tough officer [Speirs] had executed six German POWs on D-Day, and on D-plus 2 he had shot one of his own sergeants through the forehead for twice refusing a direct order under fire." Speirs' actions can be seen in a wider context, where it was sanctioned that prisoners weren't to be taken.
From "Parachute Infantry" by David Kenyon Webster (on D-Day in HQ Company, 2d Battalion, 506 PIR, 101st Airborne), page 21: "Above all, kill 'em! We can't be dragging a lot of prisoners around with us at night." (Said by a captain during a briefing prior to the mission.)
From "Band of Brothers" by Stephen Ambrose, page 73: "[General] Taylor told Malarkey's platoon to fight with knives until daylight, "and don't take any prisoners."
Regarding the shooting of the Sergeant, Speirs committed the act because the Sgt refused to hold position while US forces were bombing German positions onto which they would eventually advance. Speirs feared that the men would die by act of 'fratricide' if he advanced them too early. It's stated that the platoon Sgt refused to hold fast due to 'fatigue and disorientation' upon which Speirs shot him in the forehead. He thereafter reported his actions to his CO who immediately drew up court martial papers. However his CO was killed in action the following day before the papers could be processed and no more happened.
Malarkey met an American-German in Normandy, but his ultimate fate isn't known. He may have been among those gunned down by Spiers. As we see Malarkey walk away from the American-German, Spiers walks right past him and starts handing out cigarettes to the Germans. The guy did exist in real life but the series altered the circumstances a little. Namely that in real life he'd actually worked across the street from Malarkey in Portland, whereas the series just said he was from Eugene (possibly because the reality was too coincidental to be believable).
It is portrayed almost exactly as it happened, except for the time it took. In reality, Easy's assault lasted about 3 hours. And, as noted at the end of the episode, right before the closing credits, the operation is still studied today at West Point as an example of small-unit tactics against a numerically superior enemy force.
In his book Beyond Band of Brothers Winters describes the incident almost exactly as it appears in the series. People may consider it exaggerated due to the abandon with which the men attacked the positions but Winters refers to surprise and audacity 'compensating for some foolish mistakes we had committed during the conduct of the assault. At times we had needlessly exposed ourselves to fire and we had charged through a hedgerow without having a clear picture as to what was on the other side'. The blu-ray DVD edition of the series contains a bonus video feature showing Winters himself commenting on the onscreen action during the episode.
Quakers are members of the Religious Society of Friends, a Christian sect. They believe in individual communion with God. Drinking is not strictly prohibited in Quaker tradition, but the use of alcohol is discouraged. Some modern Quakers are teetotalers and some are not.
The Quakers also believe that violence is wrong and many conscientious objectors, advocates of non-violence and anti-war activists are Quakers. Quakers have been imprisoned for refusing to serve in military activities.
Many Quakers served as stretcher bearers, ambulance drivers and similar roles in both world wars, armed only with a Red Cross armband and the strength of their convictions. Their courage was often held in considerable respect by the soldiers.
As Winters tells Guarnere, he's not a Quaker. He simply has a personal moral code he sticks to that doesn't include drinking alcohol. Incidentally Winters was born into a Mennonite family.
No, he died in 1967 while stationed in Germany. He was still in the Army, and had fought in the Korean War. One of the veterans thought Blithe died in 1948, but when the series aired in the US, his family corrected that mistake. The real Blithe never showed up to any reunions, leading to most of them assuming he had died.
The German units holding Carentan were ordered to retreat; it appears that they just fought a delaying action. One has to remember that while one side might have a tactical advantage locally, other units on the flanks might fare worse, calling for a retreat. The Waffen-SS troops were cocky despite the warnings from the Fallschirmjäger commander, so they were surprised by the stiff resistance. The 17th SS-Panzergrenadier Division "Götz von Berlichingen" was formed in 1943, and wasn't one of the top formations in the Waffen-SS. American soldiers described their tendency to ignore cover and charge into the open, just as in the scenes in the "Carentan" episode. Check http://www.eagle19.freeserve.co.uk/normandy.htm for more info on the FJ in Normandy, as well as some comments on the 17th SS-PzGr-Div.
Winters in his book Beyond Band of Brothers makes note of the condition of some of the German paratroopers captured while marching towards Carentan. 'Many were extremely young: some were overage. They did not physically appear to be first class troops...'. One has to remember that Hitler believed the invasion would come at the Pas de Calais further to the East which is where his elite forces would have been.
A bit of artistic license on the part of the scriptwriters. The tradition of wearing a live flower on the German uniform in combat is unheard of, although German mountain rangers (Gebirgsjäger) did display a metal Edelweiss badge on their cap and an Edelweiss patch on the right sleeve. The significance of the Edelweiss in Band of Brothers is purely symbolic: Blithe "has seen the elephant," and takes the flower as if saying, "I survived, you didn't."
Captain Nixon was correct in describing Edelweiss, however. The plant grows at high altitude in the Alpine regions of Europe. From the German edel (noble) and weiss (white), Edelweiss symbolizes strength and determination in German folklore, as one would have to climb the Alps to retrieve it.
Yes. As the Dutch were considered allies, the British central command was considerate. That arguably cost lives in some cases, notably here, which may have been the intention of the writers.
It should be noted that even if the British tank commander had heeded Sgt. John Martin's warning, the Sherman tank's 75 mm gun would've had no effect on the Tiger tank's thick armor. Furthermore, Easy Company and the British tanks went up against a very large German panzer brigade at Nuenen. Knocking out one Tiger tank would not have changed the battle's outcome. In short, Easy Company and the British stirred up a hornet's nest.
The main reason was that the central route of advance was along a single highway, where German counterattacks were effective in delaying the Allied advance. The offensive was dogged with communications problems, radios which had worked before in North Africa and Europe proved unable to communicate in Holland. The Allies did not trust intelligence reports from the Dutch resistance who had been thoroughly penetrated by the Gestapo in what was referred to as the 'Englander-Game' (captured Resistance radio operators were forced to send fake messages asking for more supplies and reinforcements who were captured on landing and the planes carrying them shot down on the journey back). At the last moment the Germans decided to transfer armoured units into the Arnhem area by sheer coincidence and bad weather meant Allied transport planes were unable to supply the airborne forces as they were supposed to. Despite this the operation very nearly succeeded and if it had the war would have been over within the year. Most historians agree it was a worthwhile gamble that didn't pay off. Ultimately, it was the Germans who suffered most, as their success in stemming the advance helped prolong the war, leading to even more killed.
For more information read "A Bridge Too Far" by Cornelius Ryan
Having been soundly defeated in France it was assumed that the retreating Germans would have limited personnel, ammunition, armour and confidence. Thus a plan was devised that would quickly see Parachute regiments dropped at key cities along the country's central highway before the Germans could reorganise. According to the book Band of brothers by Stephen Ambrose the Germans displayed a 'miraculous' resolve. They re-supplied, reorganised and replaced personnel and managed to cut off the Allied forces taking crucial ground between the main cities by force and the destruction of bridges. The reason for Market Gardens failure was that ultimately the allies grossly underestimated German strength.
He has a small cameo in episode 5, as a British paratrooper officer during the celebrations that follow operation Pegasus. And he is hard to spot, but as long as it remains available, you will be able to see a picture here: http://www.eeggs.com/items/37980.html
He also can be seen in episode 9 "Why We Fight". While Easy Company's drive to Thalem they pass a scene, where two french soldiers execute 3 German POWs. He is the French soldier, who executes the prisoners.
Well, they did. For the full story, check http://www.worldwar2history.info/Band-of-Brothers/company.html The two W-SS companies may have been part of the 10th SS-Panzer Division "Frundsberg" (which operated in the area), and appears to have been composed at least in part of "Volksdeutsche" of German-Polish origin. As with most German units in the later part of the war, combat losses and forced training had lowered the quality and effectiveness of the Waffen-SS. Critics, usually long on indignation but short on substance, find it unrealistic that a platoon could knock out two "elite" companies. Well, then it might be of interest that the Germans scored similar successes against US units. In short, a platoon-sized group of German paratroopers led by a sergeant took on a US infantry battalion, ending up with taking 265 prisoners. Read about it here: http://www.historynet.com/us-armys-90th-infantry-division-the-tough-hombres-battle-in-normandy.htm
Renee Lemaire was a local girl who helped out in the 10th Armored's aid station. She was killed in a German bomb raid on Christmas Eve, 1944. As the aid station didn't serve the 101st Airborne, it is highly unlikely that they met in real life. The episode is a tribute to the soldiers and civilians who had to patch up those injured in the fighting.
To mark that the soldier has received a shot of morphine (administered with so-called "syrettes"). A more formal way was to stick the needle of the syrette in the uniform lapel, and bend it. If any doses had been administered, the doctors at the field hospital were able to see how much, and avoid overdosing the patient, a point that Roe brings up in the Crossroads episode when Moose Heiliger is shot. This practice can also be see in the movie "Pearl Harbor" where after the initial attack on the base hospital, the nurses use lipstick to mark an 'M' on the foreheads of the men who have been administered morphine. They also marked the foreheads with an 'F' for those who had been fatally wounded and treatment would be in vain. Those with a chance were marked with a tick to allow them admission to the badly shot up hospital.
In the "Bastogne" episode, the scene was about to be the biggest battle scene in the series, but was trimmed down in order to not lose the focus on Doc Roe. In real life, the attack was (obviously) repulsed, the Germans losing 38 dead.
People also need to realise what a profoundly massive scene it would have been. Many of the tanks from the era no longer existed and 17,000,000 of the 120,000,000 budget had already been allocated to scene and prop construction. Financially and practically the scene simply wasn't feasible.
It wasn't uncommon that ground troops were subjected to "friendly fire", especially when the battle line was close to the enemy. US P-47 "Thunderbolt" pilots were infamous for dropping bombs on and shooting at their own troops by mistake, and the 9th Air Force became known as "the American Luftwaffe". In their defense, it could be said that it could be very hard to properly ID troops when flying low and fast over a dense forest. Also, given the supply drops were going to the Germans, it's likely the pilots intel was either wrong or out of date. Therefore, the pilots thought they were shooting at the Germans and dropping supplies to the Americans. When in actuality, they were doing the opposite.
No, he survived. The dead soldier usually mistaken for Dike is a private, Webb, who was shot by a sniper. Dike was relieved of command and kicked upwards, becoming an aide of General Taylor on the divisional staff.
A common misunderstanding about Dike's fate at Foy comes from the scene when Perconte (on Bull's back) asks Lipton "Is it true about Dike?" and then says "Thank God for small mercies". Perconte was most likely asking about the truthfulness of Dike being relieved of command during the attack.
Because it was just a delaying battle for their part, much like the action in Carentan in episode 3.
An M3 Grease Gun submachine-gun.
He got drunk and started a brawl, attacking an officer ("Hank Jones," the West Pointer who Graduated on D-day). He was discharged from service as a result. In terms of the series; Cobb is portrayed as the cynical, antagonistic member of the unit.
In reality, Cobb was arrested for assaulting Lt. Jack Foley, his platoon commander. According to Ambrose's book, when Foley handed court-martial papers to Robert Sink, he said, "Foley, you could have saved us all a lot of trouble. You should have shot him."
It's worth noting that Stephen Ambrose in his book 'Band of Brothers' describes Roy Cobb as 'invariably good-natured'. He volunteered for the Airborne having already spent seven years in the service including operations in North Africa. It's supposed that as opposed to being a genuine trouble maker Cobb had finally started to melt down given the fact that he had so much military experience and had to cope with being continually passed over.
Yes. That part is made up; in reality, Webster manned a machinegun on the bank of the river. It seems like the rather hostile reception he gets on returning to Easy company is something that the scriptwriters invented, as there's no mention of it in his own book. Webster had been wounded in Holland during the Crossroads episode, however, he took his time returning to his unit, unlike other members like Guarnere and Joe Toye, who would leave the hospital early and against medical advice. Because Webster stayed at the hospital and missed the battle at Bastogne, his fellow soldiers were highly resentful of him. The episode is about his attempts to win back their favor through his diplomacy and small good deeds.
He died in 1947, aged 23, from injuries sustained in a car accident while serving with the US Army in Germany.
Ludwig van Beethoven: String quartet Op 131, 6th movement
They were French. The incident is mentioned by Webster, who wrote that the Germans were probably no more than in their mid-teens.
One thing to consider in explaining if not justifying the actions of the French troops (after all they shot unarmed men who had surrendered) was that while America did not suffer the indignity of being invaded and occupied by a facist regime the French people had lived a number of years under the iron rule of Nazi Germany who excercised the removal and execution of French citizens considered undesirable under National Socialism. It was in this regard that they held Germans in such hateful disdain. Additionally, the French may have felt resentful since it was their 3rd war against the Germans in 70 years (Following World War 1 and the Franco-Prussian War).
She is the widow of a high ranking German officer. When Nixon breaks into her home looking for his Vat 69 whiskey, he nonchalantly tosses a picture frame of her husband to the ground, smashing it. The frame has a black ribbon on the corner, indicating that he has died. She gives him a look of disdain and Nixon sheepishly leaves her house.
Later, when she is seen moving bodies at the camp, one may be inclined to think that she knew what atrocities were taking place, given her relationship to said German officer. Nixon's crime of breaking and entering now pales in comparison and she is obviously ashamed of her complicity.
No. The collar tabs aren't those of a Generalfeldmarschall (the rank Rommel held), but (probably) a colonel. Besides, Landsberg is situated far from where the Rommels lived.
A whisky brand. More information here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VAT_69
The scene would have been much less effective with sub-titles. Also when someone is angry or in a state of emotion, they tend to speak in their native language.
The series implies that, but in reality, other US soldiers had entered the place a couple of days earlier. Read the full story here: http://www.historynet.com/magazines/world_war_2/3034246.html
Winters, however believes that Easy was there first, and backs his claim up by the fact that all the "loot" that Easy found was intact and untouched. Winters has said that if other soldiers were there first the liquor collection, the automobiles, the silverware, photo album and the like would have already been pilfered.
No, it was an anomyous SS-Brigadeführer (Major-General) in the Leibstandarte.
Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin bunker while the Russians were taking control of the city. An excellent film was made about Hitler's last days alive called Downfall, Der Untergang in German.
An officer, General Gustav Kastner-Kirdorf, was found dead by his own hand in a bed, but he didn't belong to the SS. ----------
28 Oct '07 - History shows that Hitler died in Berlin on 30 April 1945 in Berlin at the Fuhrerbunker. Given the level of authenticity the show gives us, it is inconceivable that they would want us to think it was Hitler that was found at the Eagle's Nest.
The Adolf Hitler cuff title was not worn as a "name tag", and regardless, Adolf Hitler was never seen to be wearing a name tag of any kind. It is worn by members of the 1st SS Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler, a division of the Waffen SS originally formed in 1923 to serve as Hitler's body guards. By WWII it had expanded into a full division and fought in many battles.
The dead SS-Brigadeführer in the scene is of rank comparable to a division commander, and as no SS general was found dead at the Eagle's Nest, the whole thing is just a bit of artistic license.
Since Kastner-Kirdorf was a fairly high ranking officer in the Luftwaffe - Chief of the Office for Execution and Clemency Affairs of the Luftwaffe (from 15 Apr 1943 until his suicide on 04 May 1945) holding the rank of General der Flieger (General of the Fliers, comparable to an RAF Air Marshal or a US Lieutenant General), and also given that the officer is never identified in the episode, the inclusion of the "Adolf Hitler" cuff title on the uniform is probably meant to indicate that the officer they found was just a member of Hitler's staff.
No, it is definitely not Christoph Waltz. Even if he was uncredited, imdb would or should have it listed on his filmography, it would simply say "(uncredited)".
Christoph Waltz has stated that he has only played a Nazi once, as SS-Standartenfuhrer (Colonel) Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds and claims that he will never play a Nazi again.
Some German officers were allowed to keep their sidearms for two reasons. First, it allowed the German officer to better impose his authority over his men (who are now technically prisoners). The second reason, was simply respect for officers. As the war dragged on and into Germany, American troops slowly came to understand the German soldier as a person like them. The German officers were following their orders and just trying to keep their men safe just like American officers. The Luger represents the officer's authority and respect, much in the same way Japanese officers were armed with swords. A single sidearm is not all that threatening to the American occupiers, especially when the weapon is held by a high-ranking officer who in all likely hood hasn't served as a front line soldier for years and is therefore not all that dangerous in any potential military action such as in a prisoner uprising.
However, It is odd that the movie script differs on this particular and deep felt moment from what really happens: Winters did indeed take the gun, unlike what was portrayed. They did this for the dramatic feel and to better illustrate the general respect between officers soldiers alike, as described above. It could be said that interaction where Winters kept the officer's pistol had already happened previous to the meeting of the Officer we see in the series as he likely met with more than one officer. So Winters lets the latter officer(s) keep his sidearm.
The episode is slightly altered - Webster wasn't there, for starters. Speirs gave orders to Sgt John Lynch, Liebgott, Skinny Sisk and a private named Donald Moone to find the German and execute him. Liebgott interrogated him for 30 minutes, and said that they had got the right guy. They put him in a truck, drove to a ravine where Liebgott shot him twice with a pistol. The German started to run, and Moone was ordered to shoot him. He refused, so Skinny Sisk shot him instead. This is what happened in reality.
After being brutally beaten, Speirs was going to shoot the replacement, but then decided against it and had the men turn him over to the MPs. It's likely he would have been tried and executed for the murder of the British and German officers and attempted murder of Grant. Grant survived, and died in the 1980s.
Speirs is quoted as saying there must have been some doubt in his mind regarding the identity of the man as the assailant 'because summary action never bothered me'.
The Austrian scenes were shot in Switzerland(!).
The Giessbach Hotel in Brienz, Switzerland (http://www.giessbach.ch) thereby stood in for the hotel in Zell am See, Austria. Shooting took place in September 2000 and Damian Lewis must be a tough guy since the lake water is darn cold, not only in fall but year round, as the water comes straight down from the mountains.
The baseball game at the very end and the address by the German general were shot at the Swiss Air Force base in Interlaken. All other Austrian scenes were shot in the Interlaken area and around the two lakes (Brienzer See and Thuner See) in Switzerland.
Moreover, the German scenes were also shot in Switzerland. Unterseen, a district of Interlaken, Switzerland, thereby stood in for Berchtesgaden, Germany, and the Grimselpass, Switzerland, for Hitler's Eagle's Nest in the Berchtesgaden area, Germany (the Nest itself was computer generated).
A few I can recommend: Winters, Dick and Kingseed, Cole: "Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters", Alexander, Larry: "Biggest Brother" (a Dick Winters biography), Ambrose, Stephen: "Band of Brothers", "Citizen Soldiers", Burgett, Don: "Currahee!", "The Road To Arnhem", "Seven Roads To Hell", "Beyond the Rhine", Hastings, Max: "Overlord", "Armageddon", Ryan, Cornelius: "The Longest Day", "A Bridge Too Far", von Luck, Hans: "Panzer Commander", Webster, David Kenyon: "Parachute Infantry", Wilson, George: "If You Survive".
Also: William Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron: "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends"; Donald Malarkey: "Easy Company Soldier"; Marcus Brotherton: "We Who Are Alive and Remain".
"The Longest Day" (D-Day), "Saving Private Ryan" (D-Day+), "A Bridge Too Far" (Holland), "Battleground" (Ardennes), "Patton" (Bastogne)
Well, it is a series, but in order to get a better viewing experience, one can view the episodes so that they become more like a suite of four movies. Suite 1 = "Currahee", "Day of Days" and "Carentan" for the action in Normandy; Suite 2 = "Replacements" and "Crossroads" for Operation Market-Garden; Suite 3 = "Bastogne" and "The Breaking Point" for the Ardennes offensive; Suite 4 = "The Last Patrol", "Why We Fight" and "Points" for Germany and the end of the war.
Dachau was a Nazi German concentration camp, and the first one opened in Germany, located on the grounds of an abandoned munitions factory near the medieval town of Dachau, about 16 km (10 miles) northwest of Munich in southern Germany, commonly called Bavaria.
Landsberg and Buchloe were satellite work camps build around Dachau in Bavaria. These work camps forced the prisoners to dig and work in tunnel systems that were used to manufacture weapons after the Allies had air superiority. There were a lot of concentrations camps around Landsberg, not just one.
This is considered the biggest dramatic license the show takes from history. Apparently, Easy company did not liberate any concentration camp, but did see Dachau after it had been liberated. That being said, it is easy to see why the show's creators would want to portray it the way they did.
So its true that they didn't liberated it, but they found it first. This camp, which is called "Kaufering IV", is liberated by the 12th Armored Division of the US Seventh Army on April 27, 1945 with help from soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division, who arrived on April 28, 1945.They did visited this workcamp in Buchloe which is placed in Landsberg and also they took care of the people in the camp. This camp was 1 of the 6 subcamps of concentrationcamp Dachau.
So they did take care of a german camp, although it wasnt a concentrationcamp, it only missed the actual killing buildings. The part in the movie were they close the camp is actually TRUE. Also the patrol of Frank Perconte (which is shown in the movie) did found the camp at first. The only thing that is wrong in the movie is that Easy Compagnie liberated it, the rest of that scene is actually true
Source; Beyond Band of Brothers - Dick Winters Sniper of Band of Brothers - Marcus Brotherton (Book about Shifty Powers)
It is hard, even after several times watching the series, to tell some characters apart. Go to http://www.hbo.com/band/landing/currahee.html, click on "The Series" in the lower left corner, and a menu with all the characters in that episode will show. Place the mouse pointer on a name, and a small pic will appear. Change episodes by clicking "Select a different part" at the top.
Smokey Gordon was shot in the back in the Ardennes forest in the "Bastogne" episode. Doc Roe (correctly) determined that Smokey was paralyzed.
He survived his wounds and went on to be one of the organizers of the Easy Company reunions.
His paralysis was not permanent; although he would always have pain and a limp, he did recover the ability to walk.
They did it against the medical advice of the doctors or medics. A combat hospital or aid station is not a prison & if the men had experienced a "minor" injury, like being hit in the arm or leg, they might feel that it wasn't enough to keep them off the front lines for very long. These days that probably isn't allowed due to the high risk of infection or further aggravation of an injury.
Also, people like Toye and Guarnere were very close friends and rather than sit around a hospital & be bored, they felt a large amount of loyalty to their friends and would return to combat earlier than they should. Not to mention, they may feel the guilt of missing out on any missions the company would have taken place while they were absent. Due to the close bond the men shared with each other, it isn't uncommon for them to feel guilt/regret should any of their friends die in combat while they are sitting in a hospital doing nothing. They may feel responsible, having felt that if they had been present, they may have been able to prevent the death of their comrades.
Finally, if a man stayed in the hospital for more than 90 days, he was typically reassigned to a different combat outfit. Most men would want to remain fighting with their trusted friends and officers.
That Cobb or any other member of the 101'st felt or expressed any grievance is unknown. However it's worth pointing out that while all individuals assigned to the unit were permitted to wear the decoration the citation was awarded in two categories, permanent and temporary. A permanent award was made to any member of the unit who actively took part in the action for which the award was being made. A temporary award was made to any individual who was assigned to the unit after the action but were only permitted to wear the decoration while they were assigned to said unit. As to whether Cobb or anyone else was genuinely angered at replacements wearing the citation; Cobb was portrayed as antagonistic throughout the entire series. He was someone always looking for a problem or trying to pick a fight. The citation itself wasn't the issue, just something for him to complain about. In real life, there may have been people in the unit with a similar attitude, or simply offended that their friends died on D-Day, but replacements got to wear the citation/take credit for participating. Although that is simply speculation.
The Company parachutes into the Netherlands as part of Operation Market Garden, where they liberate Eindhoven. Large-scale air raids, including the preliminary bombing during Operation Market Garden to aid the US 101st Airborne Division paratroopers in securing the bridges in and around the town on 18 September 1944, destroyed large parts of the city.
Eindhoven is a big city in the Netherlands.
"Ten-hut," the way the common military drill command "attention" sounds when spoken forcefully. Sometimes spoken as "Ah-tennn-shun," or "tennn-shun"!
What was the young French boy saying to Winters (Ep. 5)? What was Winters saying to the German soldier in the woods (Ep. 6)?
Ep. 4 ( 48' 00'' )
German soldier inside barn (with Bull Randleman hiding behind post): Hallo, ist da jemand? Hello, somebody in here?
German soldier (calling into the dark): Steh auf. Hände hoch. Komm raus, dann passiert dir nichts. Stand up. Get your hands up. Get out and nothing is gonna happen to you.
German soldier (when his gun jams): Scheisse. Shit.
German soldier (after being stabbed by Bull): Das hier drin ist ein Amerikaner. That's an American in here.
Ep. 5 ( 39' 00'' )
Young French boy in train (to Winters): Monsieur, Monsieur, c'est le terminus. Le train s'arrête ici, on doit tous descendre. Sir, sir, this is the final stop. The train terminates here, everybody has to get off.
Ep. 6 ( 6' 30'' )
Winters (to German soldier in woods): Kommen Sie hier. Kommen Sie hier schnell. Schnell. Come here. Come here fast. Fast.
What were Anna, Renée and Doc Roe saying to each other (Ep. 6)?
Ep. 6 ( 24' 00'' )
Anna (to Renee): Ça va? Okay?
Renee (on Sisk's injury): C'est mieux, ce n'est pas grave, ce n'est pas urgent. It's getting better. It's not serious. It's not urgent.
Sisk (to Doc Roe): I'm in heaven, Doc.
Renee (to Sisk): Pas encore, dieu merci. Not yet, thank God.
Ep. 6 ( 25' 00'' )
Doc Roe: Comment vous appelez-vous? What's your name?
Renée: My name is Renée.
Doc: I'm Gene. Eugene Roe.
Renée: Where are you from?
Doc: Louisiana. Half-Cajun. Et toi, d'où viens-tu? And you, where are you from?
Renée: Eugene, chocolat, pour vous. Eugene, chocolate, for you.
Ep. 6 ( 39' 30'' )
Easy men: Medic! Someone give us a hand here. Help! Coming through.
Renée (to Easy men): Ceux qui peuvent marcher on les met à droite. The ones who can walk go to the right. This one through here. Now. Vite. Fast.
Renée (to Doc Roe): C'est l'estomac. Il faut de pression. Essaies de trouver l'artère. It's his stomach. We have to press. Try to find the artery.
Doc Roe: D'accords. Okay. The artery, we gotta find the artery.
Doc: Je (ne) la trouve pas. I don't find it.
Renée: Anna! Anna!
Renée: Anne, tourne-le. Anne, turn him/it. [Not sure about this one, though. Renée speaks so fast.]
Doc: Je (ne) la trouve pas. I don't find it.
What was the captured German POW saying (Ep. 8)? What was Webster saying to the German POWs (Ep. 8)? What was the German drug store owner shouting (Ep. 9)? What was the German woman in the requisitioned apartment saying (Ep. 9)?
Ep. 8 ( 40' 50' ')
German POW (to Easy men): Beruhigt Euch, das ist doch nicht unsere Schuld. Calm down, this isn't our fault after all.
Ep. 8 ( 43' 40'' )
Webster (to German POWs): Wenn ihr brav seid, bekommt ihr einen Keks. If you guys behave you'll get a cookie.
Ep. 9 ( 19' 50'' )
German drug store owner (after Nixon smashed his window): Wer ist da? Was machen Sie? Who's here? What are you doing?
Ep. 9 ( 27' 00'' )
Mathilde (German woman in requisitioned apartment): Was wollen Sie denn hier? Was soll denn das? Bitte, was machen Sie denn hier? What do you want? What's this about? Please, what are you doing here?
Speirs (to Liebgott): Tell here she's got five minutes.
Mathilde: Was hat er gesagt? Was hat er gesagt? What did he say? What did he say?
Liebgott: Sie müssen hier raus. You have to leave.
Liebgott: Sie haben fünf Minuten. You've got five minutes.
Liebgott: Kümmern Sie sich um Ihre Kinder. Take care of your kids.
Wilhelm: Komm, Mathilde. Come, Mathilde.
Mathilde: Komm, Wilhelm. Wir sind keine Nazis. Come, Wilhelm. We are no Nazis.
What were the two German kids on the overpass speaking about (Ep. 9)? What was the German officer on the horse cart saying (Ep. 9)? What were the French soldiers shouting (Ep. 9)?
Ep. 9 ( 27' 40'' )
Kid 1: Ich geh darüber. I'm going over there.
Kid 1: Guck mal, das hat grad ein Flugzeug abgeschossen. See, this has just been downed by an airplane -- OR -- an airplane has just been downed by this. [The German sentence is ambiguous.]
Kid 2: Oh ja, cool, Mann. Oh yes, cool, man.
Kid 1: Guck mal, da sind überall die Soldaten und da drüben auch Panzer. See, the soldiers are everywhere, and over there tanks, too.
Kid 2: Supi, sieht geil aus. Super, looks awesome. [The kids obviously speak today's German and not that of '45. They use English words like "cool" or the German word "geil", both of which are today's slang. "Geil" also means "horny", so be careful when using it with Germans.]
Ep. 9 ( 28' 30'' )
German officer on horse cart (to other officer): Mein Gott, schau sich das doch mal (einer) an. My God, have a look at this.
Ep. 9 ( 29' 30'' )
French soldiers (to German POWs): Salopards. Vermine. À genoux. Bastards. Scum. On your knees.
What was the German baker shouting (Ep. 9)? What was Liebgott saying to the camp inmates (Ep. 9)?
Ep. 9 ( 45' 40'' )
German baker: Sind Sie wahnsinnig? Was machen Sie da? Halt, stehenbleiben. Bringen Sie das sofort wieder zurück. Are you crazy? What are you doing? Stop, stay where you are. Give it back right now.
Webster: Shut up.
Baker: Das ist eine Sauerei. Das ist eine Sauerei. This is outrageous. This is outrageous.
Webster: Shut up.
Baker: He, Sie da, sagen Sie Ihren Leuten, sie sollen das sofort wieder zurückbringen. Hey, you, tell your people to give it back right now.
Webster: Shut up.
Baker: Sie sollen das Brot augenblicklich wieder zurückgeben. Sie sollen das sofort wieder zurückbringen. Das gehört uns hier. They are to give back the bread immediately, return it right now. It belongs to us.
Webster: I said shut up, you Nazi fuck!
Baker: Ich bin keine Nazi. Ich bin keine Nazi. I am no Nazi. I am no Nazi.
Web: You're not a Nazi? My mistake, you fat, fucking prick! How about a human being? Are you one of those? Or are you gonna tell me that you never smelled the fucking stench?
Baker: Töten Sie mich nicht, bitte. Bitte töten Sie mich nicht. Ich verstehe nicht, was Sie da sagen. Don't kill me, please. Please don't kill me. I don't know what you are saying.
Easy man: Let him go, Web. He says he doesn't know what the hell you're talking about.
Ep. 9 ( 48' 20'' )
Liebgott (to camp inmates): Achtung bitte. Sie müssen wieder ins Lager zurück. Es ist nur für eine kurze Zeit. Damit wir (Sie) mit richtigem Essen und mit Medizin versorgen können, bitte. Ziehen Sie wieder ins Lager. Es ist für Euer eigenes Wohl. Attention please. You must go back into the camp. It's only for a short period of time. This way we are better able to provide you with proper food and with medicine, please. Go back into the camp. It's for your own good.
What were the Kommandant and Liebgott shouting at each other (Ep. 10)? What was Webster saying at the roadblock (Ep. 10)?
Ep. 10 ( 32' 50'' )
Kommandant: Wer sind Sie? Was, was machen Sie hier? Who are you? What, what do you want?
Kommandant: Ich habe gar nichts ... I didn't ... anything. [He most likely tried to say Ich habe gar nichts getan which means I didn't do anything.]
Liebgott: Shut up!
Kommandant: Was machen Sie ... What do you ...
Liebgott: Ruhe! Shut up!
Liebgott: Sie sind der Kommandant!?! You are the Kommandant!?!
Kommandant: Gehen Sie hinaus! Get out!
Liebgott: Sie sind der Kommandant! You are the Kommandant!
Kommandant: Welcher Kommandant? What Kommandant?
Liebgott: ... vom Arbeitslager. ... of the labor camp.
Kommandant: Ich weiß von keinem Arbeitslager. Sie haben die falsche Person. I don't know of any labor camp. You got the wrong person.
Liebgott: Don't fucking lie to me.
Kommandant: Sie täuschen sich. Sie können nicht hier reinkommen ... You are mistaken. You cannot (simply) enter here ...
Liebgott: See what you did to my fucking people!
Kommandant: Sie können nicht hier reinkommen ... You cannot (simply) enter here ...
Liebgott: That's it!
Kommandant: Nein, nein, bitte nicht schießen. No, no, please don't shoot.
Ep. 10 ( 36' 40'' )
Webster: Möchten Sie nach München gehen? Do you want to go to Munich?
German soldier on crutches: Ja, bitte. Yes, please.
German man in car: Moment mal. Wait a minute.
German woman in car (after Webster threw out her suitcase): Meine schönen Kleider. My beautiful clothes.
German man in car: Was machen Sie dort? Sind Sie verrückt? Das können Sie nicht machen. What are you doing? Are you crazy? You can't do that.
Web: Too bad.
Well, there was quite a bit of "fraternizing" while the hostilities were winding down, and the scene shows something that was real for many young soldiers, plus it has a comical slant, as well as showing Janovec as full of life, making his death in the next episode more tragic.
It also shows that where the Allied High Command forbade fraternising, commanding officers gave very little care or consideration to the fact men were doing it. The scene illustrates Speir's catching Janovec in an act forbidden by the top brass and it's obvious he couldn't care less. That the scene needed to be so graphic rather than suggested or merely showing the two characters in bed having committed a sexual act is a matter of opinion. Bear in mind BoB's is intended to be hard hitting and in some cases shocking. The scene in question here holds to that theme. Not to mention; it's HBO.