Band of Brothers is a World War Two miniseries based on the best-selling book of the same name by Stephen Ambrose. It follows the men of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. It received positive reviews and won multiple award such as a Golden Globe Award for Best Miniseries or Television Film along with several Primetime Emmy Awards and nominations.
Band of Brothers takes place from 1942-1945, following from Easy Company's training at camp Toccoa, Georgia, USA, to various places in Europe, notably Normandy (France), Holland, Belgium and Germany. It is set during the European theater of World War II.
The miniseries focuses on Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment during the events of their training, the Allies' invasion in the European Theater at D-Day, their battle at Carentan (a French town), where they are transferred to Holland to their unsuccessful capture of Nuenen, their successful attack on Schutztaffel soldiers onto their move to the Ardennes forest in Belgium, experiencing more casualties than any other company, extremely traumatizing the paratroopers and returning back to France at Hagenau eventually partaking on the invasion of Germany, while witnessing death camps and eventually to the aftermath of their service during the brink of the end of the war.
The miniseries also focuses on the horror of war, its morale and eventually focusing onto the traumatizing depths of war, with Easy Company having new leaders time after time, ostracized replacements and defying fear and successfully triumph in their journey.
There is a variety of characters in the miniseries. The story focuses on Richard D. Winters, who is the main character of the series. However, each episode focuses on a different character despite this. These are:
Lewis Nixon - an alcoholic who is friends with Winters
Denver "Bull" Randleman - an overweight southern trooper, skilled with a rifle
Herbert Sobel - the over strict former CO of Easy Company
William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, a paratrooper with a grudge against the Germans
Robert F. Sink - the CO of the 506th
Joseph Toye - an unlucky trooper who gets wounded frequently
David Kenyon Webster - translator for Easy Company
Buck Compton - an officer popular in the Company
Private Albert Blithe - a soldier who was separated from Easy during Operation Overlord
Joseph Liebgott - a skinny German descent translator and paratrooper
Donald Malarkey - a friendly, Irish-American trooper
George Luz - a humorous trooper
Eugene Roe - the Company medic, and many others.
Band of Brothers has 10 one hour-long episodes in the series. Even though Winters is main character, there is a main focus for each episode.
The characters that are portrayed are actually the real members of Easy Company. Prelude to each episode contain prerecorded interviews and some of them can be seen in those videos.
|Title||Directed||Written by||Main Focus||
|1||"Currahee"||Phil Alden Robinson||Erik Jendreson & Tom Hanks||Herbert Sobel & Richard Winters||September 9, 2001|
|Herbert Sobel trains the men of Easy Company at Camp Toccoa for the jump in Europe, while Richard Winters forms a small rivalry with Sobel.|
|2||"Day of Days"||Richard Loncrain||John Orloff||Richard Winters||September 9, 2001|
|Richard Winters jumps into Normandy with the rest of Easy Company, and meets his first taste of combat.|
|3||"Carentan"||Mikael Salomon||E. Max Frye||Albert Blithe||September 16, 2001|
|Albert Blithe is among the last to regroup with Easy Company at Normandy, but has trouble adjusting to combat.|
|4||"Replacements"||David Nutter||Graham Yost & Bruce C. McKenna||Denver Randleman||September 23, 2001|
|After Normandy, the survivors of Easy Company jump into Holland with fresh new replacements, but are bested at Nuenen while Denver Randleman goes missing, but is found eventually.|
|5||"Crossroads"||Tom Hanks||Erik Jendreson||Richard Winters||September 30, 2001|
|At the end of Market Garden, Winters leads a great victory at the Netherlands Crossroads, and is made Battalion XO. Later, the men are sent to the Ardennes forest, against the German invasion.|
|6||"Bastogne"||David Leland||Bruce C. McKenna||Eugene Roe||October 7, 2001|
|At Bastogne, Eugene Roe is having trouble with medical supplies, but forms a bond with a Belgian nurse.|
|7||"The Breaking Point"||David Frankel||Graham Yost||C. Carwood Lipton||October 14, 2001|
|C. Carwood Lipton is struggling with the conditions at the Ardennes, as many men are killed or wounded for the capture of Foy.|
|8||"The Patrol"||Tony To||Erik Bork & Bruce C. McKenna||David Kenyon Webster||October 21, 2001|
|David Kenyon Webster returns with Easy Company from wounds, and participates in a prison patrol at Haguenau at the last stage of the Battle of the Bulge.|
|9||"Why We Fight"||David Frankel||John Orloff||Lewis Nixon||October 28, 2001|
|After jumping into Germany with little resistence, Lewis Nixon is adjusting to the civilians and with drinking problems, but he and the rest of the Company soon discover a reason to fight.|
|10||"Points"||Mikael Salomon||Erik Jendreson & Erik Bork||Richard Winters||November 4, 2001|
After catching Hitler's Eagles Nest, the war ends, and many men of Easy Company head home.