Band of Brothers

Season 1 Episode 9

Why We Fight

Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 28, 2001 on HBO
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Episode Summary

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.

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  • Wow...this episode made me shiver.

    God damn it...that episode was say the very least. It made me shiver...brought tears to my eyes...gave me goosebumps.

    War is reaching its end as the allies starts to invade Germany. But in Germany, they discovered Nazi concentration camps. I`ve heard of such camps before but never really imagined the horrors. And that was disturbing...the energy present when the soldiers discovered those people left starving to with the corpse of their love ones, made me shivered..big time. I was literally speechless. The worst part of this is that it really happened, people were really left like`s inhuman, yet it happened.

    Also, we saw that Nick is having some trouble dealing with the reality of war as his wife wants divoce and is taking everything, even the dog (Oh those Girls :D) But when Nick had to face the reality of those concentration camp, can this pain even be compared to his?

    Excellent episode to say the least.moreless
  • This is painful due to the occurences, not the acting.

    A great episode where Easy company discovers a concentration camp. This not only showed how human the soilders were with there reaction to what they descovered but how truely evil the Nazi party and Hitler were. It blows my mind everytime i think about how they could beleive this was truely the right thing to due. Easy is forced into a situation here that could be as mentally challenging as many of them faced at the Battle of the Bulge during countless shellings, especially after they had to keep the prisoners in the camp in order to get them healthy in the long run as eating to quik could have killed them. This episode is ecxactly why everyone should watch this entire series as well as some others about this time. As some suggested with Shindler's list, some people may need some klenex's nearby as some images are desturbing. I would advise parents watching before allowing there kids in order to decide if it right for there own children.moreless
  • E-company finds a concentration camp.. very painful pictures

    This episode is the most confronting of all because of the exploration of the camp. When I watched this my heartbeat was somewhere up my throat. Just like the whole Band Of Brothers series no censury whatsoever, that's also a thing I like from B-o-B. No **** just show it to us how it's like. This episode is certainly one of the best because of it's reality and storyline. Another highlight in the B-o-B series, in my opinion, is the overtaking of the eagle's nest: that mountain where hitler spend the last days of his miserable life. I could almost feel the freedom & relief the soldiers must have felt when they reached the top.moreless
  • Liberation is a better title.

    The intro of this episode is beautiful with the violins, and it is perfect once we get into it. The story at first is extremely slow, mostly showing one soldier breaking down and whatnot.

    This is also the first episode to which we are treated to a flashback, which isn't nearly as interesting as the scene with the liberation of the Jews in the camp. That was the most haunting scene that stills stays with me, when they arrive at the internment camp. The way the 'real soldiers' describe it is really moving.

    The show begins with the violin and ends with the violin; very, very moving overall.moreless
  • One of the few episodes that can be missed but shouldnt because of the topic.

    This episode is not for the faint at heart. This episode deals mainly with the concentration camps and the crimes committed there. I like how it shows how shocking to even Easy Company's men the sight before them. The horrors of a battlefield seemed pale in comparison to what they witnessed there. I don't think anyone can recreate the actual conditions but the message was well delivered. What I also like was the local Germans that lived near the town were oblivious to what was happening near by. In all with no fighting sequences this was a very touching episode.moreless
Michael Cudlitz

Michael Cudlitz

Denver 'Bull' Randleman

Ron Livingston

Ron Livingston

Capt. Lewis Nixon

Scott Grimes

Scott Grimes

T/Sgt. Donald Malarkey

Donnie Wahlberg

Donnie Wahlberg

2nd Lt. C. Carwood Lipton

Neal McDonough

Neal McDonough

1st Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton

Ross McCall

Ross McCall

Joseph D Liebgott

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • 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.

  • 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)

    • Nixon: The locals claim they never knew the camp existed. They say we're exaggerating.

    • Malarkey: Look at their arms
      Heffron: Like cattle.

    • Winters: Can you ask him, uh, ask him what kind of camp this is? Um, what, ah, why are they are?
      (Liebgott talks to an inmate in German and translates his replies)
      Liebgott: He says, it's a work camp for, Unerwunschte, I'm not sure what the word means, sir. Uh, unwanted, disliked maybe?
      Winters: Criminals?
      Liebgott: I don't think criminals, sir. (Talks to prisoner) Doctors, musicians, tailors, clerks, farmers, intellectuals. Jews, sir. Poles and gypsies.

    • (In the middle of the concentration camp)
      George Luz: Jesus, Web, can you believe this place?
      Webster: No.

    • Liebgott: So what did you study in college?
      Webster: Literature.
      Liebgott: Get outta here! Are you serious? I love to read! Dick Tracy, Flash Gordon, mostly.

    • Luz: Janovec, what you reading?
      Janovec: Um, an article.
      Luz: No shit. What's it about?
      Janovec: It's about why we're fighting the war.
      Luz: Why are we fighting the war, Janovec?
      Janovec: It seems that the Germans are bad. Very bad.
      Luz: You don't say? The Germans are bad, huh? Hey Frank, this guy's reading an article over here [that] says the Germans are "bad".

  • 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.


    • 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.