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Band Of Brothers

12:37 Wed 30th Jun 2010 |

Band Of Brothers is one of the most compelling war stories of all time. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who had collaborated on the World War II film Saving Private Ryan (1998). The series is based on the book of the same title written by historian and biographer Stephen Ambrose.

This is quite a moving, yet eye-opening insight into what these normal men achieved in breaking down Nazi Germany. The events portrayed are based on Ambrose's research and recorded interviews with Easy Company veterans. At its heart, this is the tale of a group of men relying on one another to get them through unthinkable situations. This camaraderie is brilliantly put across by the generally unknown cast of actors, many of whom turn in outstanding performances here.

The series covers the company’s basic training at Toccoa, Georgia, the American airborne landings in Normandy, Operation Market Garden, the Battle of Bastogne and on to the end of the war, including the taking of the Kehlsteinhaus (Hitler's Eagle's Nest).

The title for the book and the series comes from a famous St. Crispin's Day Speech delivered by the character of Henry V of England before the Battle of Agincourt in William Shakespeare's Henry V. A passage from the speech is quoted on the first page of the book, and is also quoted by one of the characters in the final episode.

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