Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers (2001)

35 corrected entries in season 1

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Day of Days - S1-E2

Corrected entry: In this episode we see the men attacking a gun battery through the connecting trenches. Good research by the programme-makers - this is a perfect textbook manouvre, and it is still used today.


Correction: Its a textbook maneuver because of how well it was done by Easy Company, and this is mentioned in the episode itself, hence it isn't trivia.

Bastogne - S1-E6

Corrected entry: This episode was created on a set, so, in the scene where Buck, Babe, and Guarnere are looking across the open field at the other side at the trees and hear the Germans start singing "Stille Naucht", you can see that the trees are just painted on the wall of the set.

Correction: This scene you are referring to is computer generated imagery, it most certainly is not painted on.

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Currahee - S1-E1

Corrected entry: In part one when Harry Welsh is teaching in the classroom: On the wall you see 2 MG-42s , 1 MP-40 and 1 STG44. Now this is 1943, the STG44 came out in late 1944. What is it doing in 1943? (00:36:52)

Correction: The MP-43 was identical to the STG44 in all but name, and was introduced in 1943 (as the name suggests).

Replacements - S1-E4

Corrected entry: During the retreat from the town near Eindhoven, Buck Compton instructs a soldier to take out an MG42, which is on a rooftop at medium to long range, using a rifle grenade. The soldier aims simply by propping the rifle against the ground and firing (with his head down). The grenade hits almost perfectly, an unlikely outcome. (00:36:00)

Correction: A rifle grenade often used ranges marked out by the angle of the rifle. The sling would be used to determine this angle. The soldier could use his sling to determine the angle at the range he guessed the machine gun to be at.

Day of Days - S1-E2

Corrected entry: Towards the end, Lt. Winters is walking along a road as a column of vehicles pass. As a tank passes, he salutes using his left hand. In military protocol, it is considered a sign of disrespect to salute with the left hand.

Robert M

Correction: If a service member's right hand is injured or occupied is is acceptable to salute with the left hand.

Correction: The flags that are used are not French flags, they are the Belgian flags (black-yellow-red).

Why We Fight - S1-E9

Corrected entry: While the baker is shouting in German, Private Webster tried to shut him up in English. Webster can speak German (as seen in Part 8 - The Last Patrol showing Private Liebgott saying he and Webster both speak German). (00:46:00)


Correction: Webster is also extremely angry at the German people because he thinks they knew about the concentration camps and did nothing about them. He is unwilling to speak German at that moment because of this.

Grumpy Scot

Currahee - S1-E1

Corrected entry: In the opening chapter 'Currahee', Private Martin enters the barracks with a t-shirt reading 'Camp Toccoa, GA'. The postal abbreviation for Georgia in 1942 was Geo. (00:11:40)

Correction: The shirt was copied from an actual WWII shirt and using GA is correct because it matches the original in the museum.

Day of Days - S1-E2

Corrected entry: After the jump into Normandy, Lt. Winters ad hoc platoon attacks the Germans under the railroad bridge. When he yells at Sgt Guarnere for not waiting for his order to fire, he turns and says, 'Move out, quietly.' But his mouth never moves.

Correction: Winters did not give that order, Carwood Lipton does.

Crossroads - S1-E5

Corrected entry: Winters sits at an outdoor cafe while on leave in Paris in December before the Battle of the Bulge. Even though it's late fall, a tree in the background has green leaves and no one is wearing a coat suitable for that time of year when it is cold.

Correction: The military wasn't ready for winter battle. Almost no enlisted man had adequate clothing before and during the battle of the bulge. This information is revealed in the book as well as the end of this episode and the beginning of the episode "Bastogne"

Correction: Chapelle Sainte-Barbe in Foy was pre-war and sustained heavy damaged during the battle. The church was restored again after the war. There is a photo taken in 1944 of the church in it's original state only showing minor difference with the present one. Another picture, just taken after the battle shows a tiny part of the church edge, this is a well known image with an ambulance and American GI's. When you visit the church today you still can see some of the battle damage in the form of bullet holes in the stone window frames.

Why We Fight - S1-E9

Corrected entry: John A. Janovec, an American soldier is shown in this and the last episode. As shown in the titles, this episode takes place from March 11 to sometime in late April. Yet, John A. Janovec died on February 26, 1945.


Correction: Online sources claim two different death dates for Janovec, some the February date that you cite, others the May date as depicted in the show. As the book and TV series are specifically based on the recollections of those who were present at the time, as recounted in many interviews, both with the original author and subsequently the film crews, it seems reasonable to suggest that the May date is likely to be the more accurate one, particularly as Janovec's death, so late in the war and after the end of hostilities, would be likely to stick in the mind.

Tailkinker Premium member

I've read the extremely well detailed and informative book by Ambrose about Easy Company and there's no mention of an early 1945 death of Janovec at all so the latter date is more likely. The original men who gave accounts never mentioned his death and the place where he was eventually killed fits in with the units timeline history.

Carentan - S1-E3

Corrected entry: In the scene where CPT Winters is telling Blithe to shoot his M1 Garand, he starts and shoots eight rounds in the slow motion part, the clip should be empty and the Garand should ping as it ejects the empty clip, but Blithe shoots four more bullets (making 12 shots total). A M1 Garand only holds 8 rounds; where did he get the extra 4?

Correction: Actually, Blithe fired 8 rounds correctly. This is in slow motion. When it goes back to normal speed, it's been set back to show the same firing sequence in regular speed, although only the last 4 rounds. If you look at the last shell fired, it flies out spinning. If you look when it's at normal speed, you'll see the exact same thing. The error is actually him recocking to fire a 9th round, not 12th.

Correction: Webster understands the baker perfectly, he just doesn't particularly care about any excuses that the man might have. The other soldier is trying to get Webster to back off by emphasizing what the baker is saying to him.

Tailkinker Premium member

Carentan - S1-E3

Corrected entry: In the third episode, Carentan, when the allied soldiers run into the city, one of the soldiers gets shot and falls to the ground in the middle of the street. Yet in the very next shot of that location, you can see the "dead" soldier adjust his arm.

Correction: It could be very likely that the soldier only was injured when he was shot, thereby able to move his arm

Day of Days - S1-E2

Corrected entry: When Compton is reloading his Thompson while asking where popeye got hit, he doesn't cock it but is still able to shoot.

Correction: Whenever a Thompson is fired, the recoil cocks the weapon ready for the next shot. Because of the likelihood that this gun will need to be fired very fast, it even does this on the last round of a magazine, so the soldier can fire as soon as a new magazine is loaded.

Currahee - S1-E1

Corrected entry: When the newly promoted Captain Sobel has to promote Lt. Winters, he goes to pin on Winters' new rank bar/badge to his collar whilst having a conversation about making him mess officer for 14 days, etc. After about 20 seconds of fumbling around with Winters' shirt collar, you can see that the bar/badge of his new rank is unchanged. After all the fumbling around it appears Sobel has given him the same bar/badge he was wearing originally. (00:20:55)


Correction: They were different. 2nd Lt and 1st Lt has the same shape badges, single rectangular bar. The difference is just color. 2nd Lt has golden color and the 1st Lt has silver/chrome color. The color changed before and after, although very hard to see.

Carentan - S1-E3

Corrected entry: In episode three, Carentan, during the first battle in the city. Watch the part where two soldiers go in the house with the backyard shed (right before the same house gets bombed). Paranoid, one of the two soldiers shoots the backyard shed twice over a period of about 5 seconds. Well in his first shot, one bullet hole appears. In his second shot, two bullet holes appear. How can one bullet make two holes?

Kelsey H.

Correction: For anyone who has ever fired a semi-automatic rifle, they would know that one can fire 3 shots and it can sound like 2 due to the speed of the firing. Also as with most other guns occassional additional fire can happen when the trigger is pulled. This is referred to as trigger bounce.

Alex Fulle

Correction: His suspicions of someone being in the shed is true. When he fires for the second time he hits someone and their jerk reactions return fire.

Day of Days - S1-E2

Corrected entry: At the very beginning of the episode, when the men are riding over the English Channel, a man lights another man's cigarette, and the flame doesn't flicker. In a subsequent shot, it shows Winters in the doorway with the door open. If the door were open, the wind from the doorway would have made it impossible to light a cigarette. In the original book, Ambrose even remarks that the men were asked to choose between having the door open for fresh air, or closed so that they could smoke.

Correction: There were many planes in the air during the jump over Normandy; hence, several "interiors" were shown - some with doors off and some without.

Currahee - S1-E1

Corrected entry: In the scene where Sobel is looking through the men's personal items to find infractions, he reads through Tipper's mail. When he opens the letter he is going to read, there are two creases in it. The camera then cuts to Winters and he asks Sobel a question. When it cuts back to Sobel, the letter has only one crease.

Correction: The letter he pulls out is folded in half. He unfolds the letter, crease pointing up, sniffs it, then refolds the letter. At no time is there more than one crease.

Shannon Jackson

Carentan - S1-E3

Factual error: In this episode we see Blithe get shot in the neck and are told that he died in 1948. In reality he was shot in the shoulder and survived. He later served in Korea and was promoted to master sergeant as well as receiving the paratrooper of the year award. Blithe died in 1967 while on active duty in Germany.

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Trivia: 40 members of the cast had to go through a ten day bootcamp in which they were called by their roles in the series. Their boot camp instructor, Captain Dale Dye, was also in charge of doing the bootcamp for the main cast of Saving Private Ryan. Dye played the role of Colonel Robert Sink in the series, and a Colonel in the war department in the film. Dale Dye has also starred in, and been a military advisor on many other TV series and films for years, he's an extremely well respected man in the film industry.

Kelsey H.

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Replacements - S1-E4

Question: When Bull is hiding in the barn after being hit by shrapnel, he takes something from the end of his rifle and bites a big chunk off it and starts chewing. What is this?


Answer: He bit off a piece of a cigar.

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