Awesome / Band of Brothers

This is definitely evoked several times in the series.
  • In "The Breaking Point", Easy Company is pinned down and Lieutenant Dike is completely frozen, Speirs runs in, immediately takes control of the situation, and the proceeds to run THROUGH a town full of German troops, hooks up with I Company before running BACK to reassume command of Easy. This really happened and Lipton muses that the only reason why Speirs managed to survive was because his mad dash was so insane that the Germans had a hard time believing it was actually happening.
    • Horrified by how poorly the attack falls apart when Dike freezes up, Winters starts charging in to take direct control of the company. He has to be ordered back by Col. Sink who insists Winters has to fulfill his captain's duties outside of the firefight. While Sink tries to talk Winters down with "I know you're attached to Easy Company..." Winters ignores his superior officer and calls out "SPEIRS!" to give him command of Easy Company. It's one confirmed Badass calling up another confirmed Badass to save the day.
  • During the first episode, Sobel's attempts to break Winters leads to a spiteful attempt to accuse Winters of insubordination over latrine duty. He tries to stick Winters between two harsh choices: accept the punishment (which goes on Winters' record) or request a court martial (which could make things worse for Winters if found guilty) thinking the lieutenant would take the lesser choice. Winters' own sense of justice compels him to request the court martial, which stuns Sobel (who suddenly realizes the court martial would look bad on himself). The look on Sobel's face alone is worth it.
    • It indirectly leads to Sink - who figures the court martial would go badly for the Army - reassigning Sobel to a non-combat role and sweeping the whole matter under the rug. Sobel is genuinely broken by the loss of his chance at a battlefield command, but it frees Easy Company to receive more competent leadership (eventually under Winters).
  • When you realize that everything that happened in the series, happened in real life, minus heresay and possible exaggeration.
    • When you realise that some things had to be TONED DOWN because, despite them actually happening, people thought that no one would believe that they actually did.
  • The assault on Brecourt Manor, taking out four heavy guns so successfully that to this day it's taught at West Point as an ideal assault on a fixed position.
    • During the assault, Buck Compton throws a grenade with perfect timing to explode right as it hits a German. This moment got some criticism for being unrealistic, but it actually did happen; Compton had played baseball in college and was an expert at timing his throws.
      • The cool thing is, in the series, the grenade hits the German in the back. In real life, Buck threw the grenade the equivalent distance between home plate and second base on a baseball diamond with no arcnote  and it hit the German IN THE HEAD.
  • "Well, hello, Second Armored."
  • Bull Randleman fighting his way back from behind enemy lines after the failure of Market Garden. This is where you really see why Richard Winters would later call him one of the best men he served with.
  • In "Crossroads", Winters leads a single platoon against two entire companies of German troops and manages to rout them with only one man dead and a few wounded. Winters even made the initial assault on his own as a diversionary tactic, with his men coming up several seconds behind. Winters doesn't even bat an eye at how many Germans he's facing. He just raises his rifle and starts shooting. The first thing the Germans do when they realize Winters is firing at them is to run for their lives.
  • After the main battle in "Crossroads", Easy Company captures a number of German prisoners and tasks Liebgott with escorting them back to base. Liebgott's enthusiastic reply makes Winters worry that he might just execute the prisoners instead, so he orders Liebgott to drop all of his ammo and leaves him with only a single bullet, telling him that if he decides to kill a prisoner, he'd have no way to defend himself from the others. The book mentions that one of the prisoners overhears the conversation, and Winters muses that he probably understood English due to the look of relief on his face.
  • A small but memorable one in the final episode, "Points": while witnessing the official surrender of a group of German soldiers, Winters, now a major, encounters Sobel, still a captain. When Sobel curtly acknowledges Winters as he walks by, Winters coldly says, "Captain Sobel! We salute the rank, not the man." Deeply reluctant, Sobel salutes Winters. Winters keeps his cool, but Nixon and Liebgott, watching nearby, can barely suppress their smiles at this victory over their hated former CO.
  • Dick Winters, unarmed, walks up to Bill Guarnere, the most aggressive man in Easy Company, shoves him against a wall, and chews him out for disobeying his orders. Bill, defiant yet obviously knowing he's being put in his place, only manages a gruff, "Yes, sir."
  • During the battle to take Carentan, a German machine gun is firing up the road that Easy Company is using for their attack. The men take shelter in a ditch to avoid being shot. Dick Winter stands in the middle of the road screaming at the men to press the attack. And he doesn't get a scratch on him as bullets fly by. In fact, the only injury he takes is from a ricochet at the end of the battle.
  • Eugene "Doc" Roe giving an EPIC What the Hell, Hero? to Winters and Welsh after he sees the Worst Aid they gave Moose when he was shot.
    Roe: "You two are officers! You are grownups! You oughtta know!"
  • One has to go to the Red Devils (British Airborne) when Easy come rescue them after they are cut of during Market Garden all 100 or so of the Brits manage to get within spitting distance of Easy without them noticing.
  • Bill Guarnere runs out of his foxhole during a German assault when he hears Joe Toye crying for help. A second round of artillery starts to hit while he's trying to drag his friend to safety and he ends up having his right leg wounded so badly it needs amputating. Even so he's still worring more about Toye and cracks jokes when others come to help them.
  • Upon securing Herman Goering's house in Berchtesgaden, Easy Company "impounds" the massive, and incredibly well-stocked, wine cellar. Nixon thought he died and went to heaven.
  • The ending title cards of "Bastogne"
    "The story of the Battle of the Bulge told today is one of General Patton and his Third Army coming to the rescue of the encircled 101st." [next card] "No member of the 101st has ever agreed that the division needed to be rescued."
  • The scenes with Nixon and the German Officer's Widow. The two do not speak a word to each other, but the looks they give speak volumes:
    • When she first encounters Nixon in her home, she gives him a look of furious indignation for his trespassing. He looks slightly ashamed and leaves.
    • When he sees her being forced to move bodies at Dachau, it is his turn to give her the "how dare you" look.
  • Winters accepting the German Major's formal surrender in Austria. While he doesn't share the Major's fondness for war, he does respect the Major's professionalism and decorum, so much so that he allows him to keep his sidearm and returns his salute.
  • Throughout "The Last Patrol", everyone writes off Lt. Jones as useless since he's fresh out of West Point and has no experience. He then proves himself to be a capable leader when Private Vest freaks out over Jackson's injury, draws his sidearm, and points it at the prisoners Easy just captured. Jones slams Vest against the wall, disarms him, and tells him they're not going to go back for more prisoners because he killed the ones they had.
  • This exchange from the end of "Crossroads":
    Lt. Rice: A panzer division's about to cut the road south. Looks like you'll be surrounded.
    Winters: We're paratroopers, lieutenant. We're supposed to be surrounded.
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