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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
... Robert E. (Popeye) Wynn
... David Kenyon Webster
... Jack E. Foley
... Wayne A. (Skinny) Sisk
... 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.
... Denver (Bull) Randleman
... Col. Robert F. Sink
... Burton P. (Pat) Christenson
... John W. Martin
David Forest ... Prisoner Saying 'Danke'
... George Luz
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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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Many of the extras playing concentration camp inmates were actually cancer patients undergoing treatment, hence their emaciated look. See more »

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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 »

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Joseph Liebgott: [speaking with a prisoner] He said the guards left this morning, sir. Langsamer, bitte, langsamer.
["Slow down, please"]
Joseph Liebgott: They burned some of the huts first... with the prisoners still in them, sir... alive.
Cpt. Nixon: Jesus Christ.
Joseph Liebgott: Some of the prisoners tried to stop them... some were killed... they didn't have enough ammo for all the prisoners, so... they killed as many as they could... before they left the camp. They locked the gates behind them and headed south.
Cpt. Nixon: Someone in town must have told them we ...
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Oklahoma!
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Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Troops
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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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