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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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Trivia

Many of the extras playing concentration camp inmates were actually cancer patients undergoing treatment, hence their emaciated look. See more »

Goofs

Two German children watch the parade of German POWs from a bridge and talk about the passing American armor. One of the children says "Schau mal, es hat da gerade ein Flugzeug abgeschossen", which means "look, a plane has just been shot" and is obviously not the case. The other child answers "Wow, cool!" which would definitely not be said by a five-year-old German in 1945. See more »

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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: ...
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Main Theme
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Composed by Michael Kamen
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra
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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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