It's May 1945 and Easy Company finds itself the first Allied troops to enter Berchtesgarden, Hitler's Bavarian retreat. They find the village virtually empty with only a few people working in the hotel. They're there only a short time when they get the news they've been waiting for: the German army surrenders and the war in Europe is over. For those with enough service, it means a trip home while the rest continue to train for an eventual transfer to the war in the Pacific. For others still, tragedy still awaits. The men of the 101st all have varied futures ahead of them. The bonds of brotherhood shaped in battle will remain with them for their lifetimes and beyond.
Did You Know?
Eagle's Nest, Hitler's retreat above Berchtesgaden, where Easy Company is assigned, was little used by the Fuhrer as he was terrified of heights and disliked the cold, thin mountain air. Today, it doubles as a seasonal restaurant. It is one of the few undamaged monuments from the Nazi period. See more
The German General (played by Wolf Kahler) is meant to be the historical General Theodor Tolsdorff. He was 36 years old when he surrendered to Lt. Lipton on May 8. Kahler was 61 years old when he portrayed Tolsdorff. See more
Richard D. Winters
[real life interview with Winters where he quotes Mike Ranney on how Ranney answered a question his grandson once asked him
'I cherish the memories of a question my grandson asked me the other day when he said, "Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?" Grandpa said, "No... but I served in a company of heroes."'
Composed by Michael Kamen
Performed by The London Metropolitan Orchestra See more