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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.

Director:

David Frankel

Writers:

Stephen Ambrose (based on the book by) (as Stephen E. Ambrose), John Orloff
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Doug Allen ... Alton M. More
Nicholas Aaron ... Robert E. (Popeye) Wynn
Eion Bailey ... David Kenyon Webster
Jamie Bamber ... Jack E. Foley
Philip Barantini ... Wayne A. (Skinny) Sisk
Paul Bentley ... Old German in Landsberg
Dean Blanke Dean Blanke ... German Grandson
Kristina Brändén Whitaker Kristina Brändén Whitaker ... German Girl with Egg (as Kristina Branden)
George Calil George Calil ... James H. (Mo) Alley Jr.
Michael Cudlitz ... Denver (Bull) Randleman
Dale Dye ... Col. Robert F. Sink
Michael Fassbender ... Burton P. (Pat) Christenson
Dexter Fletcher ... John W. Martin
David Forest David Forest ... Prisoner Saying 'Danke'
Rick Gomez ... George Luz
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Action | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

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Trivia

During Nixon's final visit to the work camp, the accompanying soundtrack as he surveys the scene of dead bodies being cleared by the villagers is "Dido's Lament", from the opera "Dido and Aeneas" by Henry Purcell, the 18th Century English composer. The song's theme, which is played here as an instrumental version for strings, is about the heroine's desire for death, as she feels there is nothing more to live for. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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: Bullshit.
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Soundtracks

Discovery Of The Camp
(uncredited)
Composed by Michael Kamen
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra
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Why we have to stop the fight
7 July 2020 | by ugurtuyun-88354See all my reviews

Killing one person is like killing all humanity and saving one life is like saving all lives. Every war is a crime if you are not protecting your country. These two frases can give us all a hint of why we have to stop the fight, but to understand first one needs to read, listen, observe and reflect. This episode is a great chance to pass through this experience to understand how wars destroy lives, the lives that have nothing to do with the reasons to start a war.


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Language:

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Release Date:

28 October 2001 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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