Play Now Band of Brothers Season 1 Episode 4 “Replacements”
Replacements join Easy Company, struggling to be accepted by the veterans who fought at Normandy. The Company parachutes into the Netherlands as part of Operation Market Garden, where they liberate Eindhoven. During combat in Nuenen, the replacements integrate themselves with the Company, but all are forced to retreat. The episode follows Sergeant Denver “Bull” Randleman, the replacements’ immediate superior, as he evades German soldiers in Nuenen after being cut off from his unit and is forced to wait there until the enemy leaves in the morning.
With the addition of many new men, Easy Company heads to Holland to participate in Operation Market Garden and prepare an Allied route into Germany, but they meet stiff German resistance.
Easy Company’s stay in England is far too short when they are ordered to participate in operation Market Garden. This major engagement is to thrust north into Holland seizing the bridges along the way with a view to giving the Allies a clear route into Germany. The men of Easy Company are told that they will be leaving for good and they parachute into near Eindhoven, where they get a huge welcome from the war-weary population. With significant losses in Normandy invasion, Easy also has to welcome new recruits who, in the eyes of the now veteran combat soldiers who have survived, as much a liability as a benefit. The battle is not easy with the Germans putting up fierce resistance. The situation is particularly dire for Sgt. Bull Randelman who is separated from the rest of the Company and is forced to hide out in a local barn overnight as the Germans move in. The battle was not a success and did not shorten the war as had been hoped.
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: 23 September 2001 (USA)
Runtime: 60 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.