Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers (2001)

35 corrected entries in season 1

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.

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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.

Bastogne - S1-E6

Corrected entry: Bastogne is a Belgian town, but on every flag pole they are flying the French flag.

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).

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boyetdelrosario

Correction: Webster is also extremely pissed 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

The Breaking Point - S1-E7

Corrected entry: In the village of Foy, you can see the church several times. That church was built in 1968. It's called Chapelle Sainte-Barbe.

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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.

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"

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.

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Goody1571

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.

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

Replacements - S1-E4

Corrected entry: When they are suiting up for the Market Garden jump, Bull tells Garcia to "lose the reserve, we're jumping low," which is very untrue. The Market Garden was planned as a jump from 1000 to 1250 feet, which is higher than they did many of their qualifying jumps from.

Alex Fulle

Correction: As the saying goes: "nothing survives first contact"; the pilots could have changed the height, from that first briefed back at base, due to any number of reasons.

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.

Bloopersubmitter

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

Currahee - S1-E1

Corrected entry: At the very start of this episode we see the soldiers watching the film and Winters leaving, walking past the projector just as the actors in the film are talking about "serving the cause". In the same scene from the opposite angle, toward the end of this episode, we see Bill Guarnere reading a letter just as the actors are talk about the same thing, however Winters is missing from this shot.

Scrappy

Correction: Winters is not missing from the scene, as Guarnere is reading the letter you can see the light from the film projector become interrupted, that is Winters getting up and walking out of the tent.

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.

Scrappy

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.

Crossroads - S1-E5

Corrected entry: When Winters is in his office and Nixon is telling him he's off to Paris, there are three people present, Richard Winters, Lewis Nixon and Harry Welsh. At the very end of the scene, someone says "Second that" but the subtitles say BOB: "Second that." There is no-one in the room called Bob.

Kara

Correction: While this may be a mistake, there is no one that is supposed to be named Bob in the shot. The BOB refers to Band of Brothers. Generally, subtitles like that are not considered mistakes for the movie.

Zwn Annwn

The Patrol - S1-E8

Corrected entry: During the "prisoner snatch" patrol, as the American soldiers are preparing to cross the river with the German prisoners, a firefight ensues. Immediately after Lt. Jones picks up the whistle off the ground, someone is heard yelling, "Go!" and a bit more which I was unable to understand. It sounds a lot like Tom Hanks, whose voice is quite distinguishable. None of the other soldiers on that particular patrol had that voice.

Correction: I looked at the scene and while it does sound very much like Tom Hanks there is no way to know conclusively this is Tom Hanks. The reason I think it sounds familiar is the actor that says Go is none other than Tom Hanks' son Colin Hanks, who sounds somewhat similar to his father.

Lummie

The Patrol - S1-E8

Corrected entry: When Webster reports back to Easy Company, he asks about Sgt. Malarkey. Someone tells him that Malarkey was being made a Lieutenant and that he's on the "fast track." However, Sgt. Lipton was the noncom promoted to Second Lieutenant. Malarkey remained a sergeant.

Correction: That was part of the plot - not a mistake. It plays out later when Lt. Jones sees Malarky and congratulates him for the promotion. Malarky comments that he must mean Lipton.

Zwn Annwn

The Patrol - S1-E8

Corrected entry: When Webster reports back to Easy Company, he asks about Sgt. Malarkey. Someone tells him that Malarkey was being made a Lieutenant and that he's on the "fast track". However, Sgt. Lipton was the noncom promoted to Second Lieutenant. Malarkey remained a sergeant.

Correction: Try watching a bit closer. In practically the next scene, Lt Jones congratulates Malarkey on his promotion, only to be corrected. Clearly an example of a character mistake, and an intentionally scripted one at that.

Tailkinker

Day of Days - S1-E2

Corrected entry: When Winters jumps from the C-47, he is not wearing a reserve parachute on his chest. There were many troopers who did not jump with reserves, but Winters was not one of them. Also, those who did jump without one usually carried something else in its place. There is nothing here on Winters.

Alex Fulle

Correction: In Major Winters' book, "Beyond Band Of Brothers" on page 72, second paragraph, last sentence, he writes, "Thank goodness my main chute opened when I jumped the next morning because I had no place to hang the reserve chute on my harness."

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

Replacements - S1-E4

Corrected entry: In part 4, 'The Replacements,' when the MG-42 starts firing after the first Sherman is hit, it stops and starts continually and flashes when the gun isn't firing.

Correction: All of the shooting in this mini-series, is done stylistically, as if you are actually present there in combat with them. Thus having certain times (as in the case with Tipper in Carentan) the sound is muffled. When a machine gun opens up on you, you don't hear every single shot. Especially when it is on top of a building, and there are obstacles in your path of hearing.

Alex Fulle

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.

manthabeat

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.

Carentan - S1-E3

Corrected entry: In the attack on Carentan when they start clearing the buildings, they send Tipper and Liebgott to check a pharmacy. Tipper is carrying a bazooka on his back. When they have checked it, Liebgott leaves, but Tipper lingers behind to check a shack in the backyard. When he is about to leave the store, it is hit by artillery. As he walks out of the pharmacy a couple of seconds later, the bazooka on his back has disappeared.

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Correction: Given the violence of the explosion, it seems quite likely that it could have broken the narrow strap (visible as Tipper enters the building) holding the bazooka onto his back.

Tailkinker

Why We Fight - S1-E9

Corrected entry: During the ninth episode, two German boys are standing on a bridge watching a column of German prisoners of war. One of the boys says he can see an aircraft that was shot down and the other boy replies "Cool." Back in 1945 this term was unknown in Germany, even to kids.

Correction: The kids may very well have picked up this term from American GI's. Please bear in mind that at that moment there are thousands of American soldiers in Germany.

The Patrol - S1-E8

Corrected entry: In 'The Last Patrol', Webster is chosen to go on the patrol because he can speak German. In the next episode, 'Why We Fight', when he pulls a gun on the German baker, another soldier has to translate for him.

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

Crossroads - S1-E5

Corrected entry: In the episode "Crossroads" when Easy company is charging across the field, you can see the actors' mouths open as if they are yelling but there is no sound.

Correction: This is a deliberate artistic decision on the part of the film-makers. The reason being is that there is an emphasis on the other sounds, like feet pounding on the ground as the rest of the platoon is running after Winters. It is supposed to be silent until he shoots the German child, and then you start hearing other sounds.

Crossroads - S1-E5

Corrected entry: When Winters shoots the SS kid at the start of the episode, we see a close-up of his face and gun and when he shoots we can see the bayonet on the end of his gun wobble as if it was made of rubber.

Correction: The bayonet is wobbling back and forth, yes, but this is due to the slightly loose joint attaching it to the gun - if you look carefully, the bayonet itself isn't bending in any way, it's just moving slightly around its joint.

Tailkinker

Carentan - S1-E3

Corrected entry: In part 3, when a soldier is shot in the fingers, he is holding a bolt-action rifle. In 1944, the M1 Garand was the rifle all infantry used, and paratroopers used a special carbine with a folding stock. All of these were semi-automatic. No paratrooper, in 1944, had a bolt-action rifle, and if it was German, then he would have turned it in to get an American weapon.

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Correction: The US Army did issue a bolt-action rifle (the 1903 Springfield) to snipers, including snipers in Parachute Infantry Regiments. Presumably the man shown in this scene is a sniper. (Incidentally, the folding carbine version of the M1 was not standard issue for paratroopers. Look at photos of (the real) Easy Company in Normandy. Almost every one is carrying a standard M1 Garand.).

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.

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

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

Why We Fight - S1-E9

Corrected entry: In the deathcamp near Landsberg, Liebgott translates what one of the prisoners tell him and some officers about the camp. At one point the prisoner starts to explain that the guards killed as many prisoners as they could and says in German "Sie hatten nicht genug..." . That's "They didn't have enough..." in English. Then Liebgott says "They didn't have enough ammo to kill all the prisoners." How could he know what the prisoner was about to say since he never finished the sentence?

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Correction: Since there are still prisoners alive and Liebgott is a fairly intelligent soldier, that was all the prisoner had to say. As in the job of any translator, Liebgott logically put it together.

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.

Crossroads - S1-E5

Corrected entry: In part 5, crossroads, when they are firing on the Polish and the SS companies, you see the left side of the 30-cal machine gun. As it fires you see shells dropping out of the outer side. This shouldn't happen because that would indicate a disintegrating belt, but they didn't come into use until the 1960's so the rounds from the gun should be in a belt.

Correction: The machine gun has to strip a round off the belt to be fed into the chamber. The belt itself does not disintegrate, but there is no way for the gun to put the fired casing back in the belt.

Wubbman

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?

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

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.

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