The men of Easy Company are now in Germany, aware that the Germans are surrendering by the thousands and that the war is winding down. With more time to reflect, some of the men are wondering if it was all worth it and begin to question whether the sacrifices they and their absent colleagues have made were worth it. That question is answered when they come across a concentration camp and they see first hand the atrocities committed by the Nazis. Captain Nixon has returned from a jump behind enemy lines that did not go well and resulted in many deaths. He's drinking heavily and has been demoted from Regimental to Battalion intelligence officer. Soon after Hiltler's death, they are ordered to Bertchesgarden, the Nazi leader's mountain-top retreat.
Did You Know?
The concentration camp liberated by Easy Company was actually a subcamp called Kaufering. It was actually discovered and liberated on April 27th, 1945 by the 134th Ordnance Maintenance Battalion of the 12th Armored Division. For dramatic purposes, the scene is written to depict Easy finding it. See more
At the beginning of "Why We Fight", the date states April 10, 1945 Thalheim, Germany and the scene is with Capt. Nixon addressing a couple of the men on a balcony watching musicians play a Beethoven piece. Then it flashbacks to a month earlier. At the end, it flashes forward to the original scene and Capt. Nixon states Hitler shot himself. Hitler committed suicide on April 30, 1945. See more
[speaking with a prisoner
He said the guards left this morning, sir. Langsamer, bitte, langsamer.
["Slow down, please"
They burned some of the huts first... with the prisoners still in them, sir... alive.
Some of the prisoners tried to stop them... some were killed... they didn't have enough ammo for all the prisoners, so... they killed as many as they could... before they left the camp. They locked the gates behind them and headed south.
Someone in town must have told them we ...
Composed by Michael Kamen
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra See more