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Dunit35
03-10-2006, 04:41 AM
Who here has seen this mini-series? I am on my third time through it right now. Started again last night. I got the DVD box Set back in 04' for my 18th birthday from my ex. This set was expensive too. I think she paid $90 for it. Best show involving WWII I have ever seen. What does everyone think about Band of Brothers? It really opened my eyes as to what the 101st and the rest of the Airborne did during WWII.

DJay23
03-10-2006, 04:48 AM
It's based on the book, "Band of Brothers" by Stephen E. Ambrose. You should read it. Really brings the mini series into greater focus. I also own the box set and I agree that it's, IMO, the best WWII depiction currently available.

Dunit35
03-10-2006, 04:50 AM
It's based on the book, "Band of Brothers" by Stephen E. Ambrose. You should read it. Really brings the mini series into greater focus. I also own the box set and I agree that it's, IMO, the best WWII depiction currently available.


I "found" the book at our library a few years ago. But I haven't read it yet. I guess when I go home again, I'll bring it back to school with me and read it.

Frankie
03-10-2006, 06:19 AM
Iowanian about to post in 4...3...2...

KCTitus
03-10-2006, 06:25 AM
Great series...bought the set a couple of years ago. Hanks did an excellent job coming off Saving Private Ryan and gave this series the same feel. A very poweful and moving series and the prize in my dvd collection.

redbrian
03-10-2006, 07:12 AM
Very good box set, got it from the library about a year ago and really liked it.

Have to agree that reading the book is a must, even though the show is good it leaves a lot of stuff out.

For instance it just kind of skims over what went on up at the Eagles Nest, what they do to Hitlers car is just damn funny.

Wa-Z
03-10-2006, 09:38 AM
I love that show...I borrowed the set from a friends, then watched some on the history channel. The last 2 episodes are the best, Austria and Southern Germany are beautiful.

Frazod
03-10-2006, 09:44 AM
Best thing on TV ever. :thumb:

Skip Towne
03-10-2006, 09:57 AM
Best thing on TV ever. :thumb:
Better than Andy Griffith?

HC_Chief
03-10-2006, 10:06 AM
Brilliant

Sydd
03-10-2006, 10:12 AM
Outstanding book and show both.

I just picked up Beyond Band of Brothers: The Wartime Memoirs of Major Dick Winters.

He got so many letters asking for more stories and info after Band of Brothers came out that he decided to write his own book with the huge amount of info that Ambrose could not include in his. I just started it, but so far it looks like the same quality of stories at the Ambrose book. Deffinately enjoying it so far and would recommend it if you liked the first book or the show.

Otter
09-23-2006, 02:22 AM
Very good box set, got it from the library about a year ago and really liked it.

Have to agree that reading the book is a must, even though the show is good it leaves a lot of stuff out.

For instance it just kind of skims over what went on up at the Eagles Nest, what they do to Hitlers car is just damn funny.

I just got done reading this about ten minutes ago. Sleep is not my friend this week.

What a great book. Makes one feel like, for lack of a better term, a pussy.

Speaking of funny parts:

When they were all celebrating VE Day by getting drunk off Goering's Wine Cellar Mercier dressed up in a German Officer's Uniform, complete with monicle, and they escorted him down to Captain Speirs prodding him with bayonets as a joke.

"Sir, we captured this German Officer, what should we do with him?"
Speirs, without looking up "take him outside and shoot him."
"Sir, please, it's me Sgt. Mercier."
Speirs (without looking up) "Mercier, get out of that silly uniform."

Wow, what a great read.

Rausch
09-23-2006, 02:24 AM
I just got done reading this about ten minutes ago. Sleep is not my friend this week.

What a great book. Makes one feel like, for lack of a better term, a pussy.


Probably due to the fact that, compared to those men, we are pussies...

Otter
09-23-2006, 02:25 AM
Probably due to the fact that, compared to those men, we are pussies...

I agree

crispystl420
09-23-2006, 06:19 AM
I agree
The amazing thing is they were basically still kids. Most of them were only 18,19,20 years old.

greg63
09-23-2006, 06:30 AM
I've really only got to see one episode, and loved it. :)

Dallas Chief
09-23-2006, 09:11 AM
I watched it with my grandfather before he passed away in 2005. He served in Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge as part of the 6th AD. There is no way for me to describe the experience...

Uncle_Ted
09-23-2006, 11:19 AM
Check out the Wiki page on Band of Brothers for some good info:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Band_of_Brothers

Stryker
09-23-2006, 11:30 AM
I have the box set also. I am on my second time around watching it. I love WWII stuff and thought the way it was filmed was like watching an extended version of Saving Private Ryan.

I thought they were going to do a war in the Pacific series as well?

Adept Havelock
09-23-2006, 11:44 AM
OK, I've seen the series, but don't have a copy of the book on hand. Maybe someone here can help with a question that has bugged me about this show. In the episode about Operation Market-Garden (episode 4: Replacements), the 101'st is shown as helping to rescue the Red Devil's (British 1'st Airborne) from the Devil's Cauldron that was Arnhem.

In Operation Market Garden, the southernmost troops were the 101'st dropped to secure the Son and Eindhoven bridges. The 82nd was dropped further north to secure the Grave and Nijemegen bridges, closest to the British 1'st AB and 1'st Free Polish Paratroop Brigade at Arnhem. IIRC, Cornelius Ryan's history of the battle "A Bridge Too Far" had the 82nd assisting in the rescue of the Red Devils. Was this "dramatic license" taken for the liberty of the TV show, another example of Ambrose's somewhat sloppy historical methodology, or an actual event I've just not run across elsewhere? Was it actually the 101'st that helped the Red Devil's bug out? I'd really appreciate insight from any other WW2 buffs out there. Thank you.

BigRedChief
09-24-2006, 07:21 AM
Probably due to the fact that, compared to those men, we are pussies... Farmers, insurance salesmen, truck drivers etc were 90% of the armed forces. Even the citizens who wern't in Asia or Europe sacrificed at home.

They may have truly been the greatest generation of Americans since the revolution. :clap:

scott free
09-24-2006, 07:28 AM
Got to watch the whole series on A&E i believe it was, it was excellent. A bigscreen quality tv series. My ONLY prob was seeing them cast David Schwimmer of Friends as some battlefield commander, kept waiting for him to go into wheedly, whiny Ross schtick.

banyon
09-24-2006, 07:58 AM
One of my top 5 TV shows ever! :toast:

crispystl420
09-24-2006, 08:02 AM
Got to watch the whole series on A&E i believe it was, it was excellent. A bigscreen quality tv series. My ONLY prob was seeing them cast David Schwimmer of Friends as some battlefield commander, kept waiting for him to go into wheedly, whiny Ross schtick.
That part Schwimmer was cast for was a pussy ass dickhead that lost his job due incompetence.(so not a bad role for him really) I think his name was Sobel? If you read books about this you will find He was a worthless pussified idiot. His men had no faith in him taking them into combat which eventually led to them rebel against him before d-day.

scott free
09-24-2006, 08:07 AM
Thanks crispy, i seem to have forgotten that. It is a sad fact that just because some guy makes Cpt. he is not automatically a worthy leader.

gblowfish
09-24-2006, 09:47 AM
Capt. Sobel was very good at training and getting men organized. He was methodical. That meant he was great at getting basic training organized, but terrible as a field commander. He lacked the ability to think on his feet, improvise, adapt. That was Winters' strong suit, which is exactly what you need in a field commander. That's why Sobel was kept back in England, because as replacements came in, he was perfectly suited to getting them to the starting block. Winters was the kind of guy you needed on D-Day.

TinyEvel
09-24-2006, 11:06 AM
Capt. Sobel was very good at training and getting men organized. He was methodical. That meant he was great at getting basic training organized, but terrible as a field commander. He lacked the ability to think on his feet, improvise, adapt. That was Winters' strong suit, which is exactly what you need in a field commander. That's why Sobel was kept back in England, because as replacements came in, he was perfectly suited to getting them to the starting block. Winters was the kind of guy you needed on D-Day.

THe sarcastic downer fan would say that sounds like Herm. But since I am in BELIEVE! mode, I will not say that, and just add to the accolades for BoB. I haven't read the book, but my wife bought me Ambrose's THE VICTORS. Which overlaps with Band of Brothers. The show was on at the same time I was reading the book, and half the content was in the series.

Other good WWII books I've read:

Flags of our Fathers (they're makign a film of this right now)

With the Old Breed on Pelileu and Okinawa (this is a brutal firsthand account of these battles)

Otter
09-24-2006, 02:35 PM
Got to watch the whole series on A&E i believe it was, it was excellent. A bigscreen quality tv series. My ONLY prob was seeing them cast David Schwimmer of Friends as some battlefield commander, kept waiting for him to go into wheedly, whiny Ross schtick.

At the end of the book Ambrose gives an update on most of the main characters. Sobel went through life bitter blaming the men of the 506th for his experiences in the war, was divorced and eventually commited suicide.

None of the men from the 506th or his family were at the funeral.

I"ve only read the book, never seen the series. The DVDs are on their way via Netflix.

Adept Havelock: I skimmed over the detail pages (p. 124-138) of the Market-Garden Battle and found nothing saying that the 101st rescued The British 1st Airborn.

Says they coordinated in the battle but can't find anywhere the word "resuce" or anything similar is used in the book.

TinyEvel
09-24-2006, 02:45 PM
Market Garden is in either the Call of Duty or Medal of Honor video games.
BTW. I love the WWII shooters. I have them all for Mac.

J Diddy
09-24-2006, 02:46 PM
I have the box set also. I am on my second time around watching it. I love WWII stuff and thought the way it was filmed was like watching an extended version of Saving Private Ryan.

I thought they were going to do a war in the Pacific series as well?


It says it is in production as of august 2006.

Rain Man
09-24-2006, 03:27 PM
I really need to see this.

gblowfish
09-24-2006, 03:28 PM
At the end of the book Ambrose gives an update on most of the main characters. Sobel went through life bitter blaming the men of the 506th for his experiences in the war, was divorced and eventually commited suicide.

None of the men from the 506th or his family were at the funeral..

Here's an interesting thread on Sobel:
http://tinyurl.com/hv6s5

Adept Havelock
09-24-2006, 03:52 PM
Adept Havelock: I skimmed over the detail pages (p. 124-138) of the Market-Garden Battle and found nothing saying that the 101st rescued The British 1st Airborn.

Says they coordinated in the battle but can't find anywhere the word "resuce" or anything similar is used in the book.

Thanks Otter, I appreciate it. There was just something about that sequence that didn't ring true. Makes for good TV though.

KCinNY
09-24-2006, 04:08 PM
Cornelius Ryan wrote three wonderful books about the war in Europe.

The Longest Day.
A Bridge Too Far.
The Last Battle.

All three are musts for WW2 buffs.