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Inaccuracy of Band of Brothers (Stephen E. Ambrose, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg)

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I have had been watching Band of Brothers since I was 5-6 years old. My uncle was even complaining that I shouldn’t be watching these kind of shows, but either way, it became my all time favourite. At first, I really don’t understand what was going on entirely and what is accurate or inaccurate.

Despite the fact that I have watched this show a lot of times. I only studied them this year and it became my hobby to learn more about U.S.A. veterans. One of my favourites are George Luz and David K. Webster. I’ve been doing a lot of research of Easy Company and other veterans that were not given attention and were not included in the miniseries, Band of Brothers.

Band of Brothers is not totally accurate, not totally inaccurate. It actually depicts the truth despite of the changes especially in the characters and some few details.

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In the first episode, Currahee, Christenson (played by Michael Fassbender) was shown being punished by Captain Sobel during a night march where they are against to drink water from their canteen. Christenson’s family doubted that it happened because Christenson is tough. Easy company later  commented about it that it wasn’t Christenson who was punished. It is unknown until now who Captain Sobel punished that night.

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Second episode, D-Day, it was depicted that his name was John D. Hall. John D. Hall actually didn’t made it in the jump and was killed in a plane crash. He was a member of Service company, the same as Gerald Loraine. According to John Barickman of the same platoon, it was HALLS who was killed in the Brecourt fight, not HALL. HALLS with S. John D. Hall and John D. Halls may be have the same middle initial but they are two different persons. John D. Halls was depictedly right that he was a member of Able company. He was played by Andrew Scott.

Band of Brothers (TV, Hanks-Spielberg) starring Scott Grimes,Matthew Leitch,Damian Lewis,Ron Livingston,Shane Taylor,Donnie Wahlberg,Peter Youngblood Hills,Nicholas Aaron,Philip Barantini,Michael Cudlitz,Rick Gomez,James Madio and Neal McDonough - dvdbash

Third episode, Carentan, Albert Blithe (played by Marc Warren) was depicted that he got shot in the neck by a sniper and never recovered from his wounds and died on 1948.

Blithe’s family publicly corrected this error, not all editions of the book, or of the series have the correction. Blithe actually was a career soldier serving in the Korean war and died in 1967 while on active duty in Germany.

He actually got shot in his right shoulder. He would recover from the wound and received a Purple Heart on June 25, 1944, his 21st birthday. Due to his wound, on October 1, 1944 he was sent home and never returned to the European Theater of Operations.

Also, Lt. Speirs told Blithe in the series that ‘There’s no hope and to accept the fact that he’s already dead’. Speirs told to Blithe’s stepson that he never made such statement.

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Fourth episode, Replacements, Wynn was shown given a ride by Captain Sobel to rejoin Easy Company before Operation Market Garden. It was not accurate. It was Roderick Strohl who went AWOL from the hospital that took Sobel’s ride. Popeye didn’t run into Sobel.

Band of Brothers (TV, Hanks-Spielberg) starring Scott Grimes,Matthew Leitch,Damian Lewis,Ron Livingston,Shane Taylor,Donnie Wahlberg,Peter Youngblood Hills,Nicholas Aaron,Philip Barantini,Michael Cudlitz,Rick Gomez,James Madio and Neal McDonough - dvdbash

Sixth episode, Bastogne, it was unclear if Doc Roe (played by Shane Taylor) and Nurse Renee (played by Lucie Jeanne) really did met. There was a nurse name Renee  Lemaire who was indeed working in the aid station at Bastogne that time, but Doc Roe was never mention in historical accounts of Renee.

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Sevent episode, The Breaking Point, Compton was traumatised after witnessing two of his closest friends, Toye and Guarnere, being badly maimed by artillery fire resulting in each losing a leg.

Compton wrote in his autobiography, “…although I was affected by the horrors of Bastogne, I do not believe I was clinically shell shocked, as the series portrays me. In real life, while I was hollering for the medic, trying to figure out what to do, I remember two distinct thoughts: How are we going to help the wounded guys?…Maybe this is the time the Germans are really going to get us all.”

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David Kenyon Webster played by Eion Bailey

Eight episode, The Last Patrol, William “Bill” Kiehn was killed while carrying a sack of potatoes from one building to another. This scene is fabrication according to Kiehn’s comrade, Paul Rogers.

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Bill Kiehn’s death in the miniseries

Kiehn was actually taking a nap in the basement of an empty house when an artillery shell hit the house. The ceiling collapsed and Kiehn was killed before Doc Roe could hear the call for medic.

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The real Forrest Guth

In the patrol over the Moder River, John Martin wasn’t the one who was actually leading the patrol. It was Sergeant Kenneth Mercier. And the interpreter was Forrest Guth and not David K. Webster. But Webster was involved in the patrol assigned to cover the patrol from across the river with an M1919 Browning.

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While crossing the river, Garcia (played by Douglas Spain) was shown drowning and started screaming that he can’t swim. This is inaccurate. Popeye was actually the one fell on the river and started screaming. Garcia actually crossed the river safely and he can swim

Andrew-Lee-PottsEuegene E. Jackson (played by Andrew-Lee Potts) was seriously wounded by grenade shrapnel and he didn’t died on his own grenade.

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Roy Cobb (played by Craig Heaney) is depicted getting drunk after the patrol and is mildly scolded by Second Lieutenant Jones and Staff Sergeant John Martin; in reality, Cobb was being yelled at by Jack Foley, and Cobb charged at Foley. Two men had to restrain Cobb and John Martin pulled out his pistol and pointed it at him.The actual incident was not portrayed in the series, yet several other events depicting him as bitter were shown throughout the series but never mentioned in the book.

Cobb being described as being “invariably good-natured” in Private Webster’s book.

According to Clancy Lyall, Cobb was given to him to care of as he knew Cobb best. “Roy was an okay guy. He was a good soldier when he wasn’t drinking, but if there was a bottle in the middle of the German HQ, he would go out and get it! That was his problem. As a combat guy, he was quite good, no question about that”, Lyall stated in his biography Silver Eagle. He also said Cobb never moaned about not being promoted and he doesn’t know where they got the idea from that, that he was frustrated because of it.

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Liebgott (Ross McCall), Webster (Eion Bailey) and Sisk (Philip Barantini)

Last episode, Points, Liebgott is portrayed as a Jew and said that he went back to San Francisco and drove his cab. He was actually raised as Catholic and his comrades assumed that he was Jewish because of his surname and his hatred towards Germans. He went missing in 3 years and was believed that he was suffering from PTSD. He never told to his children about the war. He also didn’t became a taxi driver, he went back being a barber until his death and never attended reunions.

Webster replaced First Sergeant John C. Lynch and Don Moone to eliminate the Nazi who was the head of the labor camp along with Liebgott and Sisk. In real life, Webster wasn’t at the incident at all. Like Moone, Webster refuses to shoot the guilty man.

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