Band of Brothers
GenreWar drama
Created by
Based onBand of Brothers
by Stephen E. Ambrose
Written by
Directed by
StarringCast and characters
Theme music composerMichael Kamen
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Gary Goetzman
  • Tony To
  • Erik Bork
  • Erik Jendresen
  • Stephen E. Ambrose
  • Mary Richards
  • Billy Fox
  • Oral Norrie Ottey
  • Frances Parker
  • John Richards
Running time49–70 minutes
Production companies
Budget$125 million
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 9 (2001-09-09) –
November 4, 2001 (2001-11-04)

Band of Brothers is a 2001 American[1] war drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose's 1992 non-fiction book of the same name.[2] It was created by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who also served as executive producers, and who had collaborated on the 1998 World War II film Saving Private Ryan.[3] Episodes first aired on HBO starting on September 9, 2001. Critically acclaimed, the series won the Emmy and Golden Globe awards for best miniseries.

The series dramatizes the history of "Easy" Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. It begins during Easy Company's paratrooper training and follows its participation in the Western Front of World War II. The events are based on Ambrose's research and recorded interviews with Easy Company veterans. The series took some literary license, adapting history for dramatic effect and series structure.[4][5] The characters portrayed are based on members of Easy Company. Each episode begins with excerpts from interviews with some of the survivors, who are identified by name only at the end of the finale.

The title of the book and series comes from the St Crispin's Day Speech in William Shakespeare's play Henry V, delivered by King Henry before the Battle of Agincourt. Ambrose quotes a passage from the speech on his book's first page; this passage is spoken by Carwood Lipton in the series finale.


Over the course of ten episodes, Band of Brothers depicts a dramatized account of Easy Company's exploits during World War II.[3]

Episodes include their training at Camp Toccoa, the American airborne landings in Normandy, Operation Market Garden, the Siege of Bastogne, the invasion of Germany, the liberation of the Kaufering concentration camp, the taking of the Kehlsteinhaus (Eagle's Nest) in Berchtesgaden, the occupation of Germany, and finally the war's end.[3]

Richard Winters is the central character, shown working to accomplish the company's missions and keep his men together and safe. While the series features a large ensemble cast, each episode generally focuses on a single character, following his action.[3]

As the series is based on historical events, the fates of the characters reflect those of the persons on which they are based. Many either die or sustain serious wounds which lead to their being sent home. Other soldiers recover after treatment in field hospitals and rejoin their units on the front line. Their experiences, and the moral, mental, and physical hurdles they must overcome, are central to the story's narrative.

It follows the story from their initial training starting in 1942 to the end of World War II. They parachuted behind enemy lines in the early hours of D-Day in support of the landings at Utah beach, participated in the liberation of Carentan and again parachuted into action during Operation Market Garden. They also liberated a concentration camp and were the first to enter Hitler's mountain retreat in Berchtesgaden.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byMain characterOriginal air dateUS viewers
1"Currahee"Phil Alden RobinsonTeleplay by : Erik Jendresen and Tom HanksRichard Winters and Herbert SobelSeptember 9, 2001 (2001-09-09)9.90[6]
In 1942, Easy Company jump trains at Camp Toccoa under First Lieutenant Herbert Sobel, a strict disciplinarian who goes out of his way to find fault with his men. The company is shipped to England in September 1943, and as training progresses, Sobel's inadequacy as a leader in the field becomes evident. Now-Captain Sobel initiates a dispute with Lieutenant Richard "Dick" Winters, who requests a trial by court martial. These factors lead Easy's non-commissioned officers to resign en masse. Colonel Robert Sink, the regiment's commander, reassigns Sobel to command a parachuting school for non-infantry personnel. With new leadership, Easy Company prepares for Operation Overlord.
2"Day of Days"Richard LoncraineJohn OrloffRichard WintersSeptember 9, 2001 (2001-09-09)9.90[6]
On June 6, 1944, Easy Company parachutes into Normandy, but is scattered and many land miles away from their designated drop zones. Most of Easy reconnects, but its company commander, Lieutenant Thomas Meehan, is missing. Winters assumes command and successfully leads a group in destroying German artillery emplacements firing on Utah Beach from Brécourt Manor. Winters also discovers a map of all German artillery emplacements in Normandy. A number of Easy's men earn combat decorations for their part in the attack, including Winters, who is awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.
3"Carentan"Mikael SalomonE. Max FryeAlbert BlitheSeptember 16, 2001 (2001-09-16)7.27[8]

Easy fights in the Battle of Carentan and loses several men. Rumors begin to circulate that Lieutenant Ronald Speirs killed a group of German prisoners. Private Albert Blithe, who has been struggling with shell shock, is finally spurred into action by Winters during the Battle of Bloody Gulch. Several days later, Blithe is shot through the neck by a sniper while on patrol.

Note: The episode ends with the inaccurate statement that Blithe never recovered from his wounds and died in 1948. In reality, he recovered and continued to serve in the Army until his death in Germany as an active-duty serviceman in 1967.[7]
4"Replacements"David NutterGraham Yost and Bruce C. McKennaDenver "Bull" RandlemanSeptember 23, 2001 (2001-09-23)6.29[9]
Replacements join Easy Company and struggle to be accepted by the veterans who fought at Normandy. Winters is promoted to captain. Sobel is the regiment's new supply officer. The company parachutes into the Netherlands as part of Operation Market Garden and liberates Eindhoven. During combat in Nuenen, the replacements integrate themselves with the company, but Easy is forced to retreat. Denver "Bull" Randleman is left behind. Wounded, he hides in a barn and engages in close quarters combat with a German soldier. He is reunited with the rest of the company the following day.
5"Crossroads"Tom HanksErik JendresenRichard WintersSeptember 30, 2001 (2001-09-30)6.13[10]

Winters writes an after-action report on Easy's actions during a German counter offensive on the Nijmegen salient; he is troubled by the fact that he shot an unarmed, teenage Waffen-SS soldier during the battle. Winters is promoted to battalion executive officer, and command of Easy is given to "Moose" Heyliger.

Easy Company assists Lieutenant Colonel David Dobie of the British 1st Airborne Division in Operation Pegasus to rescue 140 of his comrades. The operation succeeds, and the rescued British troops celebrate with Easy. Heyliger is injured in a friendly fire incident, and command of the company passes to Lieutenant Norman Dike before Easy is rushed to Bastogne to fight in the Battle of the Bulge.
6"Bastogne"David LelandBruce C. McKennaEugene RoeOctober 7, 2001 (2001-10-07)6.42[11]
Easy faces harsh winter conditions in the Ardennes, running dangerously low on supplies. Combat medic Eugene "Doc" Roe helps his fellow soldiers where he can, while also scrounging for supplies. He befriends a Belgian nurse named Renée; she is later killed in a German bombing raid. Easy and other American units are surrounded, but General McAuliffe, their commander, rejects a German demand to surrender.
7"The Breaking Point"David FrankelGraham YostCarwood LiptonOctober 14, 2001 (2001-10-14)6.43[12]
Easy holds the line near Foy, Belgium, losing numerous soldiers including Hoobler, who is killed after accidentally shooting himself with a Luger pistol. Winters and the men worry about Norman Dike, who is frequently absent without explanation. First Sergeant Carwood Lipton attempts to keep Easy's morale up. Lieutenant Lynn "Buck" Compton watches in horror as his close friends William Guarnere and Joe Toye lose their legs to shelling, and he too is pulled from the line. During the assault on Foy, Dike freezes up during an attack, so Winters orders Speirs to relieve him. Victorious but having taken heavy casualties, Easy takes shelter in a church, where Lipton is told he has been given a field commission as a second lieutenant and Captain Speirs is officially assigned command of Easy.
8"The Last Patrol"Tony ToErik Bork and Bruce C. McKennaDavid WebsterOctober 21, 2001 (2001-10-21)5.95[13]
In Haguenau, Easy adjusts to leaving the combat zone and gives a cold welcome to Private David Webster, who did not break out of the hospital to rejoin the company like others; and new replacement Second Lieutenant Henry Jones, fresh from West Point. Jones and Webster participate in a night raid across the river to get prisoners for interrogation, which gains them some respect. Winters is promoted to major, Lipton's commission becomes official, and Jones is promoted to first lieutenant and transferred to the regimental staff.
9"Why We Fight"David FrankelJohn OrloffLewis NixonOctober 28, 2001 (2001-10-28)6.08[14]

As Captain Lewis Nixon scrounges for his favored whisky, Vat 69, Easy Company enters Nazi Germany. Nixon is distraught after learning that his wife is divorcing him; he is demoted to operations officer for the regiment. A small patrol of Easy Company men stumble upon a concentration camp near Landsberg and free the surviving prisoners.

Easy secures food for the survivors, but the regiment's surgeon warns of refeeding syndrome; the survivors have to remain in the camp so they can be monitored. The German locals deny knowing about the camp. The 101st Airborne's commander, General Taylor, imposes martial law and orders all able-bodied civilians from ages 14 to 80 to clean up the camp, including removing the bodies. Nixon informs Easy that Adolf Hitler has committed suicide.
10"Points"Mikael SalomonErik Jendresen and Erik BorkRichard WintersNovember 4, 2001 (2001-11-04)5.05[15]

Easy captures the Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden without resistance, and the end of the war in Europe is announced. Finding a collection of alcoholic beverages in a cellar at Hermann Göring's house, Winters allows the company to celebrate before they travel to Austria to become an occupying force. It is then announced that the division will be redeployed to the Pacific Theater, but those with enough points will get to go home. General Taylor authorizes a drawing for each company to rotate one soldier home, and Staff Sergeant Shifty Powers wins Easy's drawing. Private Liebgott leads a trio that tracks down and summarily executes a concentration camp commandant at a farm.

Desiring to redeploy sooner, Winters applies for a transfer to the 13th Airborne, but is denied. Despite the war's end, Easy Company men continue to be injured or die. Easy oversees the surrender of 25,000 German troops in Zell am See. Over a company baseball game, Winters narrates the fates of some of the men. He interrupts the game to announce the surrender of the Empire of Japan, which ends the war, and then narrates Nixon's fate and finally his own. The episode concludes with interviews with actual surviving Easy Company members.
11 (Bonus)"We Stand Alone Together"Mark CowenWilliam RichterEasy Company real-life membersNovember 10, 2001 (2001-11-10)Unknown
Subtitled The Men of Easy Company, an official companion documentary included on home video for the miniseries and available on streaming services. Consists of interviews with the surviving real-life members of Easy Company including Winters, Lipton, Guarnere, Heffron and Powers and also photos and video from and related to their service and their annual reunions. Also includes Guarnere and Heffron revisiting Foy and interviews with Easy Company members' families.

Cast and characters

From left: Damian Lewis as Major Richard Winters and Ron Livingston as Captain Lewis Nixon.

The series features a large ensemble cast.

Main cast

Recurring cast



The series was developed chiefly by Tom Hanks and Erik Jendresen, who spent months detailing the plot outline and individual episodes.[16] Steven Spielberg served as "the final eye" and used Saving Private Ryan, the film on which he and Hanks had collaborated, to inform the series, although Jendresen served as showrunner.[17][18] Accounts of Easy Company veterans, such as Donald Malarkey, were incorporated into production to add historic detail.[17]

Budget and promotion

A promotional poster for Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers was at the time the most expensive TV miniseries to have been made by any network.[19][20] Its budget was about $125 million, or an average of $12.5 million per episode.[17]

An additional $15 million was allocated for a promotional campaign, which included screenings for World War II veterans.[19] One was held at Utah Beach, Normandy, where U.S. troops had landed on June 6, 1944. On June 7, 2001, 47 Easy Company veterans were flown to Paris and then traveled by chartered train to the site, where the series premiered.[21][22] Chrysler was a sponsor, as its Jeeps were used in the series.[23] Chrysler spent $5 million to $15 million on its advertising campaign, using footage from Band of Brothers.[23] Each of the spots was reviewed and approved by the co-executive producers Hanks and Spielberg.[23]

The BBC paid £7 million ($10.1 million) as co-production partner, the most it had ever paid for a bought-in program, and screened it on BBC Two. Originally, it was to have aired on BBC One but was moved to allow an "uninterrupted ten-week run", with the BBC denying that this was because the series was not sufficiently mainstream.[24][25] Negotiations were monitored by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, who spoke personally to Spielberg.[26]


The series was shot over eight to ten months on Ellenbrooke Fields, at Hatfield Aerodrome in Hertfordshire, England. This location had been used to shoot the film Saving Private Ryan.[17][20] Various sets were built, including replicas on the large open field of 12 European towns, among them Bastogne, Belgium; Eindhoven, Netherlands; and Carentan, France.[27][22] North Weald Airfield in Essex was used for shots depicting the take-offs for the D-Day Normandy landings.

The village of Hambleden, in Buckinghamshire, England, was used extensively in the early episodes to depict the company's training in England, as well as in later scenes. The scenes set in Germany and Austria were shot in Switzerland, in and near the village of Brienz in the Bernese Oberland, and at the nearby Hotel Giessbach.

Historical accuracy

To preserve historical accuracy, the writers conducted additional research. One source was the memoir of Easy Company soldier David Kenyon Webster, Parachute Infantry: An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day and the Fall of the Third Reich (1994).[citation needed] This was published by LSU Press, following renewed interest in World War II and more than 30 years after his death in a boating accident. In Band of Brothers Ambrose quoted liberally from Webster's unpublished diary entries, with permission from his estate.[2][note 2]

The production team consulted Dale Dye, a retired United States Marine Corps captain and consultant on Saving Private Ryan, as well as with most of the surviving Easy Company veterans, including Richard Winters, Bill Guarnere, Frank Perconte, Ed Heffron, and Amos Taylor.[17][28] Dye (who portrays Colonel Robert Sink) instructed the actors in a 10-day boot camp at the Longmoor Military Camp in Hampshire, culminating with parachute training at RAF Brize Norton.[28][29][30]

The production aimed for accuracy in the detail of weapons and costumes. Simon Atherton, the weapons master, corresponded with veterans to match weapons to scenes, and assistant costume designer Joe Hobbs used photos and veteran accounts.[17]

Most actors had contact with the individuals they were to portray before filming, often by telephone. Several veterans came to the production site.[17] Hanks acknowledged that alterations were needed to create the series: "We've made history fit onto our screens. We had to condense down a vast number of characters, fold other people's experiences into 10 or 15 people, have people saying and doing things others said or did. We had people take off their helmets to identify them, when they would never have done so in combat. But I still think it is three or four times more accurate than most films like this."[22] As a final accuracy check, the veterans saw previews of the series and approved the episodes before they were aired.[31]

Shortly after the premiere of the series, Tom Hanks asked Major Winters what he thought of Band of Brothers. The major responded, "I wish that it would have been more authentic. I was hoping for an 80 percent solution." Hanks responded, "Look, Major, this is Hollywood. At the end of the day we will be hailed as geniuses if we get this 12 percent right. We are going to shoot for 17 percent."[32]

The 506th PIR Unit emblem

The liberation of one of the Kaufering subcamps of Dachau was depicted in episode 9 ("Why We Fight"); however, the 101st Airborne Division arrived at Kaufering Lager IV subcamp on the day after[33] it was discovered by the 134th Ordnance Maintenance Battalion of the 12th Armored Division, on April 27, 1945.[34][35] German historian and Holocaust researcher Anton Posset worked with Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks as a consultant, providing photographs of the liberators and documentation of the survivor's reports he had collected over the years. The camp was reconstructed in England for the miniseries.[36]

It is uncertain which Allied unit was first to reach the Kehlsteinhaus. Several claim the honor, compounded by confusion with the town of Berchtesgaden, which was taken on May 4 by forward elements of the 7th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division.[37][38][note 3] Reputedly members of the 7th went as far as the elevator to the Kehlsteinhaus,[37] with at least one individual claiming he and a partner continued on to the top.[41] However, the 101st Airborne maintains it was first both to Berchtesgaden and the Kehlsteinhaus.[42][failed verification] Elements of the French 2nd Armored Division, Laurent Touyeras, Georges Buis and Paul Répiton-Préneuf, were present on the night of May 4 to 5, and took several photographs before leaving on May 10 at the request of US command,[43][44] and this is supported by testimonies of the Spanish soldiers who went along with them.

Major Dick Winters, who commanded the 2nd Battalion of the U.S. 506th PIR in May 1945, stated that they entered Berchtesgaden shortly after noon on May 5. He challenged competing claims stating, "If the 7th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Division was first in Berchtesgaden, just where did they go? Berchtesgaden is a relatively small community. I walked into the Berchtesgaden Hof with Lieutenant Welsh and saw nobody other than some servants. Goering's Officers' Club and wine cellar certainly would have caught the attention of a French soldier from LeClerc's 2nd Armored Division, or a rifleman from the U.S. 3rd Division. I find it hard to imagine, if the 3rd Division was there first, why they left those beautiful Mercedes staff cars untouched for our men."[45]


Critical reception

Band of Brothers has a 97% approval rating with an average score of 8.80/10 based on 33 reviews from Rotten Tomatoes. The website's critics consensus is, "Band of Brothers offers a visceral, intense look at the horrors of war – and the sacrifices of the millions of ordinary people who served."[46] While on Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the miniseries received a score of 87 out of 100, based on 28 reviews.[47]

CNN's Paul Clinton said that the miniseries "is a remarkable testament to that generation of citizen soldiers, who responded when called upon to save the world for democracy and then quietly returned to build the nation that we now all enjoy, and all too often take for granted".[48] Caryn James of The New York Times called it "an extraordinary 10-part series that masters its greatest challenge: it balances the ideal of heroism with the violence and terror of battle, reflecting what is both civilized and savage about war." James also remarked on the generation gap between most viewers and characters, suggesting this was a significant hurdle.[49] Robert Bianco of USA Today wrote that the series was "significantly flawed and yet absolutely extraordinary—just like the men it portrays," rating the series four out of four stars. He noted however that it was hard to identify with individual characters during crowded battle scenes.[50]

Philip French of The Guardian commented that he had "seen nothing in the cinema this past year that impressed me as much as BBC2's 10-part Band of Brothers, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, and Ken Loach's The Navigators on Channel 4", and that it was "one of the best films ever made about men in war and superior in most ways to Saving Private Ryan."[51] Matt Seaton, also in The Guardian, wrote that the film's production was "on such a scale that in an ad hoc, inadvertent way it gives one a powerful sense of what really was accomplished during the D-Day invasion - the extraordinary logistical effort of moving men and matériel in vast quantities."[52]

Tom Shales of The Washington Post wrote that though the series is "at times visually astonishing," it suffers from "disorganization, muddled thinking and a sense of redundancy." Shales observed that the characters are hard to identify: "Few of the characters stand out strikingly against the backdrop of the war. In fact, this show is all backdrop and no frontdrop. When you watch two hours and still aren't quite sure who the main characters are, something is wrong."[53]

Band of Brothers has become a benchmark for World War II series. The German series Generation War, for example, was characterized by critics as Band of Brüder (the German word for "Brothers").[54]


Band of Brothers' September 9, 2001, premiere drew 10 million viewers.[55] Two days later, the September 11 attacks occurred, and HBO immediately ceased its marketing campaign.[55] The second episode drew 7.2 million viewers[55] and the last episode received 5.1 million viewers, the smallest audience.[56]

Awards and nominations

The series was nominated for 20 Primetime Emmy Awards and won seven, including Outstanding Miniseries and Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special.[57] It also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television,[58] American Film Institute Award for TV Movie or Miniseries of the Year,[59] Producers Guild of America Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form Television,[60] and the TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries, and Specials.[61]

The show was selected for a Peabody Award for "relying on both history and memory to create a new tribute to those who fought to preserve liberty."[62] In September 2019, The Guardian ranked the show 68th on its list of the 100 best TV shows of the 21st century, stating that it "expanded the horizons – and budgets – of prestige TV".[63]

Primetime Emmy Awards

Category Nominee(s) Episode Result
Outstanding Miniseries Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Tony To, Stephen E. Ambrose, Eric Bork, Eric Jendresen, Mary Richards Won
Outstanding Achievement in Interactive Television Programming Won
Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie Anthony Pratt, Dom Dossett, Alan Tomkins, Kevin Philpps, Desmond Crowe, Malcolm Stone "The Breaking Point" Nominated
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Meg Liberman, Camille H. Patton, Angela Terry, Gary Davy, Suzanne M. Smith Won
Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie Remi Adefarasin "The Last Patrol" Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special David Frankel, Tom Hanks, David Nutter, David Leland, Richard Loncraine, Phil Alden Robinson, Mikael Salomon, Tony To Won
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or Movie Helen Smith & Paula Price "Crossroads" Nominated
Outstanding Main Title Design Michael Riley, Michelle Dougherty, Jeff Miller, Jason Web Nominated
Outstanding Make-up for a Miniseries or Movie (Non-Prosthetic) Liz Tagg & Nikita Rae "Why We Fight" Nominated
Outstanding Prosthetic Make-up for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Daniel Parker, Matthew Smith, Duncan Jarman "Day of Days" Nominated
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or Movie Frances Parker "Day of Days" Won
Billy Fox "Replacements" Nominated
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Campbell Askew, Paul Conway, James Boyle, Ross Adams, Andy Kennedy, Howard Halsall, Robert Gavin, Grahame Peters, Michael Higham, Dashiell Rae, Andie Derrick, Peter Burgis "Day of Days" Won
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or Movie Colin Charles, Mike Dowson, Mark Taylor "Carentan" Won
David Stephenson, Mike Dowson, Mark Taylor "Day of Days" Nominated
Colin Charles, Keven Patrick Burns, Todd Orr "The Breaking Point" Nominated
Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie, or Special Angus Bickerton, John Lockwood, Ken Dailey, Joe Pavlo, Mark Nettleton, Michael Mulholland, Joss Williams, Nigel Stone "Replacements" Nominated
Angus Bickerton, Mat Beck, Cindy Jones, Louis Mackall, Nigel Stone, Karl Mooney, Laurent Hugueniot, Chas Cash "Day of Days" Nominated
Outstanding Stunt Coordination Greg Powell "Carentan" Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie, or Dramatic Special Erik Bork, E. Max Frye, Tom Hanks, Erik Jendresen, Bruce C. McKenna, John Orloff, Graham Yost Nominated

Golden Globe Awards

Category Nominee Outcome
Best Miniseries or Television Film Won
Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film Damian Lewis Nominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Television Film Ron Livingston Nominated

Home media

The miniseries was released on VHS and DVD box sets on November 5, 2002. The DVD set has five discs containing all ten episodes, and a bonus disc including We Stand Alone Together: The Men of Easy Company and an official video diary by Ron Livingston (Lewis Nixon) showing the actors' boot camp at Longmoor.[64] A collector's edition of the box set was also released, containing the same discs in a tin case instead of cardboard. As of 2010, Band of Brothers was one of the best-selling TV DVD sets,[65] having sold about $250 million worth.[66]

The series was released as an exclusive HD DVD TV series in Japan in 2007. With the demise of the format, they went out of production. A Blu-ray Disc version of Band of Brothers was released on November 11, 2008, and has become a Blu-ray Disc top seller.[67]

He Has Seen War

In 2011, HBO aired a documentary entitled He Has Seen War with Tom Hanks as executive producer and Mark Herzog as director about the postwar stories of and lasting effects of the war, including post-traumatic stress disorder, on not only Easy Company members but also members of the 1st Marine Division who were subjects of The Pacific after the division fought at Guadalcanal, Cape Gloucester, Peleliu, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. William "Wild Bill" Guarnere and Donald Malarkey both appear alongside their families, as does the family of Lynn "Buck" Compton and also the families of Corporal Eugene Sledge and Private Robert Leckie, two of the members of the 1st Marine Division who are central characters in The Pacific.[68][69][70]

Dick Winters: Hang Tough

In 2012, the Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument near Sainte-Marie-du-Mont in Normandy recognizing all American junior officers, together with their divisions and corps, who led the way on D-Day, was unveiled on the 68th anniversary of the invasion. For the occasion, the World War II Foundation, which raised the funds for the monument, produced a biographical documentary entitled Dick Winters: Hang Tough. Damian Lewis, who played Winters, narrates the film in the American accent he used while playing him. Documentary filmmaker and World War II Foundation founder and president Tim Gray is the creator of the overall film, which includes actual photos, photos from the miniseries and interviews with the real-life Winters and other Easy Company members including a number who were portrayed in the show such as Guarnere, Malarkey, Edward "Babe" Heffron, Frank Perconte and Edward Tipper.

Special attention was paid to the Brécourt Manor Assault including the owners of Brécourt Manor to this day — the Vallavieille family, including Utah Beach Museum founder Michel de Vallavieille, who was wounded after being mistaken for a German soldier — and the creation of the 13-foot (4.0 m) bronze statue of Winters by sculptor Steven Spears.[71]

Band of Brothers Podcast

In 2021, on the occasion of the miniseries' 20th anniversary, HBO produced an official podcast hosted by British-American author, broadcaster and filmmaker Roger Bennett of the Men in Blazers soccer show and podcast. After a prologue episode featuring Tom Hanks as executive producer, it progresses through each episode giving a brief summary before interviewing actors and crew members about their roles, their careers leading up to the miniseries, their experiences with the show and the specific episode.[72]

Podcast episode list
No. Episode/Topic Guest(s)
0 Prologue Tom Hanks (Executive producer)
1 "Currahee" Ron Livingston (Lewis Nixon)
2 "Day of Days" John Orloff (Writer, Episodes 2 and 9) and Richard Loncraine (Director, Episode 2)
3 "Carentan" Capt. Dale Dye (Robert Sink / Senior military advisor) and Matthew Settle (Ronald Speirs)
4 "Replacements" Frank John Hughes (William "Wild Bill" Guarnere)
5 "Crossroads" Erik Jendresen (Supervising producer / Lead writer)
6 "Bastogne" Shane Taylor (Eugene "Doc" Roe)
7 "The Breaking Point" Donnie Wahlberg (Carwood Lipton)
8 "The Last Patrol" Scott Grimes (Donald Malarkey)
9 "Why We Fight" Ross McCall (Joseph Liebgott) and John Orloff
10 "Points" Damian Lewis (Richard "Dick" Winters)

See also


  1. ^ The Band of Brothers book refers to Dobie as Col. O. Dobey, which is how he is named in the credits.
  2. ^ Webster is referenced 18 times in the index, and appears on 69 pages.
  3. ^ According to Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of Allied forces in Europe, the 3rd Infantry Division was the first to take the town of Berchtesgaden; the "Eagle's Nest" is never mentioned.[39] General Maxwell D. Taylor, former Commanding General of the 101st Airborne Division, then attached to the XXI Corps, agreed.[40]


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