TV Mini-Series | TV-MA | | Action, Drama, History
The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division, and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord, through V-J Day.
Joe Liebgott (played by Ross McCall) is portrayed as Jewish in the miniseries, and based on his name, appearance, and utter hatred of the Germans, his fellow members of E Company all assumed that he was Jewish, but the real Liebgott was a Roman Catholic, the son of Austrian immigrants; according to his son, his especially virulent hatred of the Nazis stemmed largely from his belief that they gave Germanic people in general a bad name. He was apparently aware that his fellow troopers thought he was Jewish, but never bothered to correct them, as he found it amusing.
These men have been through the toughest training the Army has to offer, under the worst possible circumstances, and they volunteered for it.
'Buck' Compton: Christ, Dick, I was just shooting craps with them.
Richard Winters: You know why they volunteered? Because they knew that ...
In "Currahee", Robert Strayer is (correctly) wearing the rank insignia of a major when Easy Company is celebrating its paratrooper qualification. Strayer was promoted to lieutenant colonel in January or February of 1943, and Winters refers to him as such during his explanation to Sobel about the latrine inspection incident. On D-Day (in episode 2) just prior to the attack on the 105mm guns at Brecourt Manor, Winters and another officer refer to Strayer as a major. He had been an LTC long enough (16 or 17 months) to rule out a slip of the tongue, especially by two different officers.
The series was actually a BBC/HBO co-production (with HBO contributing the majority of the cash). When the series aired in the UK, the title sequence began "HBO and the BBC present...". The DVD versions, and presumably all other international versions, begin "HBO presents..."
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