Band of Brothers

Why We Fight

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 10/28/01
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  • Episode Description
  • As Easy Company enters Germany itself, they find themselves confronted with the horrors of the holocaust when members of Easy Company stumble across a Nazi concentration camp.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Michael Cudlitz

    Denver 'Bull' Randleman

  • Ron Livingston

    Capt. Lewis Nixon

  • Scott Grimes

    T/Sgt. Donald Malarkey

  • Donnie Wahlberg

    2nd Lt. C. Carwood Lipton

  • Neal McDonough

    1st Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • Wow...this episode made me shiver.

    By avi01, Mar 09, 2008

  • This is painful due to the occurences, not the acting.

    By korski87, Oct 16, 2007

  • E-company finds a concentration camp.. very painful pictures

    By ingmar2811, Apr 03, 2007

  • Liberation is a better title.

    By byjillian, Jul 11, 2009

  • One of the few episodes that can be missed but shouldnt because of the topic.

    By kingrich06, Nov 24, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • (walking through a forest) Perconte: Kinda reminds you of Bastogne. Luz: Yeah, now that you mention it. Except, of course, there's no snow, we got warm grub in our bellies and the trees aren't fucking exploding from Kraut artillery, but yeah, Frank, other than that, it's a lot like Bastogne. Perconte: Right? Luz: Bull, smack him for me, please?

    • Perconte: Hey, O'Brien, shut up! O'Keefe: I told you, it's O'Keefe. Perconte: Do you know why no one remembers your name? It's cause no one wants to remember your name! There are too many Smiths, Dimattos, and O'Keefes and O'Briens who show up here replacing Toccoa men that you dumb replacements got killed in the first place. And they're all like you. They're all piss and vinegar. "Where the Krauts at? Let me at 'em. When do I get to jump into Berlin?" Two days later, there they are with their blood and guts hanging out. Screaming for a medic, begging for their goddamn mother. You dumb fucks don't even know you're dead yet. Hey, you listening to me? Don't you know this is the best part of fuckin' war I've seen? I've got hot chow, hot showers, warm bed. Germany is almost as good as being home. I even got to wipe my ass with real toilet paper today. So quit asking about when you're gonna see some action, will ya? And stop with the fuckin' love songs!

    • Winters: Heard from Division. Been finding camps like this all over. Nixon: Jesus. Winters: Yeah, the Russians liberated one even worse. Nixon: Worse!?! Winters: Yeah. Apparently. Ten times as big.

    • Webster: (about Hitler) Should've killed himself three years ago. Saved us a lot of trouble. Nixon: Yeah, he should've, but he didn't.

    • Liebgott: (translating what a camp inmate says) The women's camp is at the next railway stop. (The inmate points in that direction and cries)

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    Notes (3)

    • International Episode Titles: Slovakia: Prečo bojujeme (Why Do We Fight)

    • Original International Air Dates: United Kingdom: November 23, 2001 on BBC 2 Germany: May 29, 2003 on Premiere 1 Denmark: July 10, 2006 on Kanal 5 Greece: December 20, 2007 on SKAI Slovakia: November 4, 2009 on STV1

    • All of the 1,200 civilian costumes were authentic vintage clothing. The prisoners were wearing authentic uniforms as well.

    Trivia (2)

    • Trivia: Nixon and Winters are talking strategy and someone interrupts and says that the US president is dead. Franklin D. Roosevelt died of a cerebral haemorrhage on 12 April 1945.

    • Goof: A title card shows the date as 11 April 1945 when Capt. Nixon advises a group of Easy Company that Hitler is dead. Hitler didn't commit suicide until 30 April 1945.

    Allusions (1)

    • Episode Title: "Why We Fight" Why We Fight is the title of a series of World War II propaganda films, which were directed by Frank Capra.

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