No matter how many times you watch the opening theme from HBO's 2001 TV series "Band of Brothers," it's impossible not to get a lump in your throat. Sadly, many of these American heroes are no longer with us, and without a doubt, each and every one of them is a hero. Our freedom today is only from their selfless acts during a time of mayhem. Because that is what war is ... total mayhem. And although they received some of the best training in the world, nothing could prepare them for what they would see on the battlefield. Even their entrance to the battlefield was unique! Jumping out of a plane, deep in enemy territory where you could only rely on yourself and the comrade on your left and right.
"Band of Brothers" is certainly one of those TV series that you can never tire from watching. And if you love it just as much, we would guess that you know a fair amount about the brave men portrayed in it. With this quiz, we aim to see just how much you do know! It includes a range of questions about the series itself, the events it depicts, the heroes shown and the actors who portray them.
Good luck, trooper!
Which company of United States soldiers does the book tell the story of?
Easy Company was one of the companies that formed the 506th Regiment, 2nd Battalion, 101st Airborne Division. Others included Dog, Charlie and Able Companies.
Formed in 1918, the 101st Airborne Division was part of the organized reserve of the US Army from 1921 to 1942 but was then mobilized for war in Europe. This light infantry unit is specifically trained for airborne assault.
True or false? The "Band of Brothers" TV series was produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.
After Tom Hanks starred in 1999 film "Saving Private Ryan," which was directed by Steven Spielberg, the two moved on to "Band of Brothers." They followed that up with "The Pacific," a 10-part series telling the stories of U.S. Marines fighting the Japanese during World War II.
Who was the officer in charge of Easy Company during their training in the United States in 1942?
Herbert Sobel was the first commander of Easy Company and supervised their training in 1942. Although he was not liked by the men, a fact seen in the "Band of Brothers" TV series, they would later acknowledge that the fact that he pushed them so hard did help them while battling their way toward Germany.
When Easy Company parachuted into occupied France, which aircraft did they jump out of?
Douglas C-47 Skytrain
The Douglas C-47 Skytrain, also known as the Douglas DC-3 Dakota, was a true workhorse of the Allied air forces of World War II. It was not only a transport aircraft but also the main way in which paratroopers were dropped into battle.
Which TV channel was the show originally broadcast on?
As HBO were involved in the production of the show, it goes without saying that it would first air on HBO. The miniseries premiered on September 9, 2001. In the United Kingdom, the show first aired on BBC 2.
What horror do the men of Easy Company come across toward the end of the war?
A mass grave
A German concentration camp
Although episode 9 in the series, entitled "Why We Fight," shows Easy Company help liberate a concentration camp, in real life, they did not. The producers, in an effort to show the horrors of war, brought in stories from other U.S. units that did have this experience.
How many days of basic training did the actors in the series undergo before filming started?
Pre-production certainly was no walk in the park. Each actor portraying a soldier in Easy Company did 10 days of basic training. This was done in full gear, and they had to stay in character at all times.
From the list below, pick a major World War II battle that Easy Company participated in.
Battle of Britain
Battle of the Bulge
Easy Company fought in the Bastogne area during the Battle of the Bulge. This took place in the freezing European winter and saw Easy Company and others heroically holding a line against a German onslaught with very few provisions.
Historian Stephen E. Ambrose wrote the nonfictional book "Band of Brothers" which was published in 1992. Ambrose had interviewed a number of veterans from the 101st Airborne Division and was inspired by the strong ties that had developed between the men.
Robert Wynn, a member of Easy Company, was given the nickname of a famous cartoon character. What was it?
A noncommissioned officer with Easy Company, Robert Wynn served from 1942 to 1945 where he attained the rank of sergeant. Wynn was wounded just after D-Day and spent time in hospital in England. He returned to serve with Easy and with his high school friend, Darrell C. "Shifty" Powers.
True or false? Academy Award winner Tom Hanks directed an episode of "Band of Brothers."
Not only was he one of the producers of the series; Tom Hanks was also responsible for directing an episode. The Academy Award winner was in control behind the camera for episode 5 of the series, titled "Crossroads."
Which member of Easy Company remained in the United States Army and made combat jumps during the Korean War?
Ronald Speirs was a leader of both B and D Company in the early part of the drive to Berlin but eventually came to Easy Company later in the war. He remained with the army after the war and made combat jumps during the Korean War in the early 1950s.
Who played the part of Dick Winters in the "Band of Brothers" TV series?
"Band of Brothers" brought the brilliant acting skills of Damian Lewis to the fore for viewers around the world. Lewis had the hard task of portraying Easy Company commander Maj. Richard D. Winters, a truly exceptional war hero. He carried it off with aplomb. Lewis went on to star in the series "Homeland" as well as many others.
Edward Heffron, a long-serving member of Easy Company, was nicknamed _______.
A private with Easy Company, Edward "Babe" Heffron was best friends with William "Wild Bill" Guarnere. In fact, the two, together with journalist Robin Laing, told the story of their friendship in the book "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends: Two WWII Paratroopers"
Can you name the United States TV talk show host who appeared in one episode of the series?
Yes, blink and you would have missed him. Jimmy Fallon appeared in just one episode of "Band of Brothers," in which he played 2nd Lt. George C. Rice. He appears in the fifth episode of the series, "Crossroads."
What was the final budget for the filming of "Band of Brothers"?
An incredible $120 million was spent on the filming of the TV series, for an average of more than $12 million dollars spent on each episode. The promotional campaign for the show cost an additional $15 million.
"Currahee" quickly became the motto of Easy Company. What does it mean?
"Get the enemy"
"We stand alone"
With the pounding their bodies took running up and down Currahee Mountain, Easy Company took the name as their motto. The fact that it mean "we stand alone" fit in perfectly with the plight of a paratrooper dropped behind enemy lines as well.
Which member of Easy Company is the only man to have parachuted three times into action in World War II?
Donald G. Malarkey
C. Carwood Lipton
Lewis Nixon jumped with the rest of Easy Company on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He performed two other combat jumps, one of which was forced when on March 24, 1945, a plane he was observing another paratrooper deployment in was hit by enemy fire.
What is the name of Hitler's residence in which Easy Company get a few days' rest and relaxation?
Situated near Berchtesgaden in Bavaria, Berghof was one of Hitler's residences. The Führer spent much of his time here, and it was filled with treasures despite the fact that the retreating Germans tried to burn it to the ground.
How many Golden Globe awards did "Band of Brothers" win?
In 2002, "Band of Brothers" picked up the Golden Globe for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television. Damian Lewis and Ron Livingston were both nominated for acting Golden Globes but didn't win.