Band of Brothers (Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg) Promo Photos
Band of Brothers is a TV miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose‘s book of the same title. This HBO show was produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who had collaborated on the 1998 World War II film Saving Private Ryan. No need to say it’s a must-have.
Band of Brothers fictionalizes the history of Easy Company (part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division) from jump training in the U.S. to Japan’s capitulation and the war’s end. The events portrayed are based on Ambrose’s research and recorded interviews with Easy Company veterans.
Missions of the E Company
• Operation Overlord (D-Day) – Easy Company’s mission was to capture the entrances to and clear any obstacles around Causeway 2, a pre-selected route off Utah Beach for the troops’ landing from the sea a few hours later. The company departed from Upottery airbase in Devon, England, and dropped over the Cotentin Peninsula of Normandy, France in the early hours of the morning of 6 June 1944. After assembling on the ground, the men of Easy Company disabled a battery of four German heavy guns on D-Day that threatened forces coming along Causeway 2.
• Eindhoven, the Netherlands – Easy Company was assigned to support the British forces around Eindhoven, by defending the roads and bridges, so that the British armored divisions could advance into Arnhem and force a crossing over the major bridge across the Rhine River in September 1944. The story of the unsuccessful Operation Market Garden is told in the book A Bridge Too Far by Cornelius Ryan.
• Battle of the Bulge – During December 1944 and January 1945, Easy Company and the rest of the 101st Airborne Division fought in Belgium in the Battle of the Bulge. The 101st was in France in December when the Germans launched their offensive in the Ardennes. They were told to hold the vital cross-roads at Bastogne and were soon encircled by the Germans. Easy Company fought in cold weather under German artillery fire without winter clothing and with limited rations and ammunition. The Allies defeated the German offensive.
• Occupation duties – Toward the end of the war, Easy Company was assigned to occupation duty in Germany, specifically to Berchtesgaden, which was home to Adolf Hitler’s famous Eagle’s Nest. Following Berchtesgaden, Easy Company moved into Austria for further occupation duty.
Easy Company and the rest of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment was disbanded in November 1945.
Devoir de mémoire (Duty of remembrance):
Obligation of each individual to remember the suffering caused by events occurring at different points in history, so that they will never be forgotten. The obligation to remember (devoir de mémoire) will make it possible to build the future on solid foundations and to prevent the recurrence of the grave errors of the past.
At the time the series was created (around 2000), Band of Brothers was the most expensive television miniseries ever made. This record would be superseded by the series’ 2010 sister show, The Pacific. The budget for Band of Brothers was approximately $125 million, which comes to an average of $12.5 million per episode.
Band of Brothers photos gallery (80 pictures) on DVDBASH featuring Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Scott Grimes, Matthew Leitch, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor, Donnie Wahlberg, Peter Youngblood Hills, Nicholas Aaron, Philip Barantini, Michael Cudlitz, Rick Gomez, James Madio, Doug Allen, George Calil, Dexter Fletcher, Nolan Hemmings, Ross McCall, Neal McDonough and David Schwimmer