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“Henry V” is: “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; For he to-day that sheds

his blood with me Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile”. As the soldiers of the
Easy Company stand listening to a German colonel surrendering his men to U.S.
forces sometime in 1945, none of them can’t help but feel that the speech could
just as easily have been directed toward them. The scene plays out in the final
episode of Band of Brothers, a miniseries about the special bond shared by those
who join the armed forces – regardless of country.

July, 1942. The men of Easy Company gather at Camp Toccoa, Georgia for basic
training. They are subsequently attached to the 101st Airborne Division. In 1944,
Easy Company becomes part of the invading forces of D-Day, parachuting behind
enemy lines in France. Their first objective is to help U.S. forces take the city of
Carentan as a way of securing the Allies’ continued push toward Germany. From
Carentan, Easy Company moves on to the Netherlands via Operation Market Garden
that gives the Allies access to northern Germany. However, in December, 1944–
January, 1945 the company is trapped in the Ardennes forest and the Battle of the
Bulge when the Germans try to drive a wedge between the British and American
forces in northern France. The bitter cold and grisly deaths continue as the Allies are
pounded by Germans holding the town of Bastogne, and later when the 101st take
the Belgian town of Foy. As the surviving soldiers of Easy Company leave the horrors
of Bastogne behind them and move deeper into Germany they find revolting
evidence of the Nazi race laws… as well as the spoils of war.

A look and feel of a motion picture
After making Saving Private Ryan (1998), Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks turned
their attention to a TV adaptation of historian Stephen Ambrose’s literary depiction
of the real-life Easy Company and their path from basic training to taking the
Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden, Germany. Although the miniseries was made for
HBO, its makers never made it as gruesome as Saving Private Ryan, but the
cinematography is however true to the style created by that film’s DP, Janusz
Kaminski – the stark portrayal of the men of the E Company has bleached colors and
an admirably meticulous attention to the facts of their journey through Europe.
Every episode either begins or ends with testimonies from the real survivors of the E
Company, now old men, who convey their emotions of what was going on at various
instances of the campaign. The miniseries has the look and feel of a motion picture;
much of it portrays battles between the Germans and the Americans and those
sequences are overwhelming in their intensity… and credibility, as the British
Hatfield Aerodrome was expertly turned into bombed-out French hamlets.
Personally, I found it difficult initially to commit to the E Company; had it not been
for the technical qualities in the battle depictions, I might have found it harder to

Still. Ron Livingston) who survive all the ordeals. not without psychological sacrifices. not least the officer who keeps disappearing whenever things get tough in the Ardennes forest. Michael Kamen’s main title theme is emotional and so are the two final episodes of the series. Band of Brothers shows us Europeans how Americans viewed the continent they came to help liberate and much of it remains true today. the characters of Winters och Nixon (Damian all ten episodes. Europe is heartbreakingly beautiful… but racism continues to linger beneath the surface . are interesting figures as well as some characters who make short-lived appearances.