Play Now Band of Brothers Season 1 Episode 3 “Carentan”
Easy Company fights in the Battle of Carentan, in which they lose several men. Rumors start to circulate that Lieutenant Speirs killed a group of German prisoners of war. The episode focuses on Private Albert Blithe, who struggles with shell-shock following the battle. After he is finally spurred into action by Winters during the Battle of Bloody Gulch, Blithe overcomes his fears. Several days later, he is shot through the neck by a sniper while on patrol (a never-corrected producers’ error erroneously states Blithe died from his wounds in 1948; in fact, he continued to serve in the US Army until his death as a Master Sergeant in December 1967).
Easy Company takes on German troops in the French town of Carentan, and the battle takes its toll on one soldier who is badly traumatized by the experience.
Easy Company’s next objective is to take the town of Carenten where they engage in street to street fighting with a doggedly determined enemy. The fighting is hard and there are many casualties. Having pushed the Germans out, Easy Company now has to hold the position and soon face a counter-attack from German forces, including artillery and tanks. For Pvt. Albert Blythe, the pressure and stress pushes him to the breaking point. He even suffers from hysterical blindness but soon recovers with a few words of encouragement from Winters. After 36 days in battle, Easy Company is finally relieved and get to return to their base in England.
Creators: Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg
Director: Phil Alden Robinson, Richard Loncraine, Mikael Salomon
Star Cast: Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Donnie Wahlberg, Scott Grimes, Kirk Acevedo, Michael Cudlitz, Dale Dye, Rick Gomez, Frank John Hughes, James Madio, Neal McDonough, Rene L. Moreno, Matthew Settle, Douglas Spain, Richard Speight Jr., Eion Bailey, Ross McCall, Rick Warden, Marc Warren, Dexter Fletcher, Colin Hanks, David Schwimmer, Shane Taylor
Producer (s): Gary Goetzman, Tony To, Erik Bork, Erik Jendresen, Stephen E. Ambrose, Mary Richards
Cinematographer: Remi Adefarasin, Joel J. Ransom
Music: Michael Kamen
Production House: Playtone, DreamWorks Television, HBO Entertainment,
Original network / Official Sites: HBO Enterprises, Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release Year: 16 September 2001 (USA)
Runtime: 65 min
Genres: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Language: English, Dutch, French, German, Lithuanian
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.