Band of Brothers: We Stand Alone Together (2001)

Genres - History  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Military & War  |   Release Date - Nov 10, 2001 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Director/producer Mark Cowen and writer/producer Will Richter were thinking of making a WWII documentary when they heard that HBO was producing a miniseries based on Stephen Ambrose's book, Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne From Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest. The Easy Company paratroopers were an elite unit, and one of the most honored units in military history, but, fighting on the European front for nearly two years, they suffered a 150 percent casualty rate during the war. Cowen proposed tracking down and interviewing the surviving members of Easy Company for a companion piece. Cowen interviewed 44 veterans, compiling nearly 200 hours of footage. Bits of these interviews were used to introduce segments of the miniseries, and edited, along with rare archival footage of paratroopers, into this documentary, Band of Brothers: We Stand Alone Together. The men calmly describe their harrowing experiences and the bonds they formed in combat. Their courageous commanding officer, Richard Winters downplays his own heroism, lamenting that maybe if he'd done a better job, there might have been a few more men going home. Cowen also took two of the men, William Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron, to the woods of Bastogne, where Easy Company held the line in the Battle of the Bulge, and where Guarnere lost his leg during heavy shelling by the Germans. Guarnere remembers his friend, Joe Toye, losing his leg at the same time, and shouting, "Jesus Christ! What do I have to do to die?!" Cowen also filmed reunions of the company, and interviews with relatives of some of the men, like Toye, who are no longer around to tell their own stories.

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archival-footage, army, commander, courage, D-Day, military, paratrooper, reflection [thought], squadron, war, world-war