Band of Brothers

Season 1 Episode 9

Why We Fight

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



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • (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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.