Why We Fight


Episode Info

The men of Easy Company come face to face with the horrors of the Holocaust in "Why We Fight," the ninth installment of the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. The episode opens with the company in Germany, where they find no enemy resistance. In fact, they find warm beds and hot meals in the houses they commandeer. Many of the men go about looting the German homes and farms for food and valuables. Spiers (Matthew Settle) is particularly industrious, sending several shipments home. At least one soldier is lucky enough to bed down with a willing fraulein . A new replacement, O'Keefe (Matt Hickey) arrives, and gets a typically cool reception from the veterans. Major Winters (Damian Lewis) is keeping a close eye on his friend, Nixon (Ron Livingston), who was recently involved in a jump in which nearly all the troops were killed. To make matters worse, Nixon gets the news that his wife is divorcing him. He starts devoting all of his energy to tracking down bottles of his favorite booze. It's clear to these men that the war is almost over, and they begin discussing their plans. Liebgott (Ross McCall) talks about going back to the cab company and finding "a nice Jewish girl," while Webster (Eion Bailey) plans to finish school at Harvard. The men have grown increasingly cynical about what they've accomplished in Europe. Then they make a gruesome discovery -- a small concentration camp in the woods of Landsberg. Several of these combat-hardened veterans break down when they see the condition of the prisoners. Winters and his men are shocked to learn that the men who have been starved and murdered at the camp are not criminals, but Jews, Poles, and Gypsies.


Damian Lewis
as Richard Winters
Ron Livingston
as Lewis Nixon
Ross McCall
as Joseph D. Liebgott
James Madio
as Frank J. Perconte
Matthew Settle
as Ronald C. Speirs
Rick Gomez
as George Luz
Eion Bailey
as David Kenyon Webster
Michael Cudlitz
as Denver `Bull' Randleman
Donnie Wahlberg
as C. Carwood Lipton
Dale Dye
as Col. Robert F. Sink
Scott Grimes
as Donald G. Malarkey
Matt Hickey
as Patrick O'Keefe
Nicholas Aaron
as Robert E. `Popeye' Wynn
George Calil
as James H. `Mo' Alley Jr.
Doug Cockle
as Father John Maloney
Michael Fassbender
as Burton P. `Pat' Christenson
Mark Huberman
as Lester `Leo' Hashey
Robin Laing
as Edward J. `Babe' Heffron
Kieran O'Brien
as Allen E. Vest
Douglas Spain
as Antonio C. Garcia
Shane Taylor
as Eugene G. Roe
Rick Warden
as Harry Welsh
Peter Youngblood Hills
as Darrell C. `Shifty' Powers
Matthew Leitch
as Floyd M. `Tab' Talbert
Simon Schatzberger
as Joseph A. Lesniewski
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