Open for business! Weigh-in on week 2!
Posted 15 April 2002 - 10:56 PM
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Posted 15 April 2002 - 11:49 PM
About Blithe, I didn't mean Albert Blithe himself. I meant the way he's portrayed in the episode. I know the instance of the hysterical blindness is real from the book and I can certainly understand how battle could scare somebody so bad that way. I'd be scared deaf, dumb and blind. I have every respect for the real man and I cried when they said he eventually died from his wounds. But I think they Didn't portray his character very sympathetically in the show. I just kept thinking that they needed to get him off the line before he gets hisself killed and maybe others also. I do think they redeemed his character somewhat there at the end. Sue
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Posted 16 April 2002 - 12:07 AM
I lent out my copy of "Band of Brothers". What is History vs. Hollywood about Albert Blithe?
I could not help but remember what a vet had told me about his episode with battle fatigue. As I posted he told me that he ended up in the Hospital after Sicily. After some down time he went back and fought through Salerno,Anzio,Holland,Belgium to the Elbe in Germany. He could not explain what happened.
Posted 16 April 2002 - 12:23 AM
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Posted 16 April 2002 - 05:18 AM
Posted 16 April 2002 - 05:35 AM
However, I think it's good that the show demonstrated that these men were scared. I'm thinking of the point where Winters had to practically drag his men out of the ditch as they came under fire entering Carentan. Everyone of them felt fear and all hed to deal with it in their own way. When I watch this episode it makes me wonder how and if I would handle it?
Again, I agree with Sue, the best of this ep, for me, were Luz' comic moments and Liebgott's compassion for Tipper. Also liked the scene where Welsh and McGrath bravely went forward to take out the tank. My heart was in my mouth at this point!
It seemed strange that they chose to show the scene of Malarkey and Moore on the motorbike and not explain that they'd actually 'acquired' it in France. But again this is something that I read in the book after watching and in fairness there is reference made to the fact that they took it without permission in the following episode. I just think that it would have made a very good scene, Moore racing across the beach to the LST at the last minute on this bike!
Thought the last scene was very poignant. Malarkey collecting his laundry and basically getting a role call of many of those who never would.
Posted 16 April 2002 - 06:02 AM
You don't see that a lot in most movies about the war. You can see the human site of a leader and that is also what get's men motivated to follow him. Well, I think.
Posted 16 April 2002 - 06:49 AM
Other than that, I liked the ep and will so post.
Posted 16 April 2002 - 07:03 AM
Harry Welsh, an officer who LEADS (thanks to BK for the insight). We see his "Follow Me" spirit when he sprints toward the T intersection in Carentan, not realizing that he is alone but for Luz until they find cover. Then he's the one who grenades the most prominent MG. And that terrific scene wth the jagdpanzer. No wonder Winters likes him, and we see some gentle teasing between them. "Hurts." "War is Hell."
Winters, the dutiful officer who is furious that the troopers don't charge Carentan behind Harry and angry when "officers crap out on their training," I guess because D Co. hadn't kept a guide back. Winters the kind, who reassures Blithe, and then cajoles him into firing his M-1. Winters the cheerleader, moving back and forth behind his men supporting them.
Nix the wiseass. Wonderful exchange of glances with Winters when Strayer demands reassurance that the street is clear while Winters and Nix are standing in it-- this, the same Strayer who demanded that Easy charge into the MG fire at Carentan. Classic comment to Harry about not expecting to get back to England.
Shifty the sharpshooter. He's the one behind the corner in Carentan shooting and hitting consistently until pinned by MG fire.
Liebgott: we see much of his nasty side later, so it's redeeming to see him cradling Tipper, who later gave Liebgott credit for his survival.
Out of time now. Will post more later. y.o.s., Doug
Posted 16 April 2002 - 07:14 AM
I remember reading "All Quiet on the Western Front" as a kid. The book describes soldiers and officers who talk big and show alot of bravado before the fighting, and when the time comes to cross over into No Man's Land and face the enemy, many of them would cower and cry, while the quiet, unassuming soldiers ofted did the bravest acts. I think the point was that anything can happen in war, and you don't know how you will react to it until you're there.
Posted 16 April 2002 - 07:23 AM
Especially liked you rcomment about Strayer and also the mention you gave Shifty. When he gave Lipton the thumbs up I wanted to hug him, he looked so sweet!
Oh and congrats on the promotion!
Posted 16 April 2002 - 07:53 AM
sonofwildbill - I'd be interested in hearing if Blithe is indeed from the Philadelphia area. In the show his accent made me think he was from the south.
appell8 - good observations as usual. I'm curious as to what your other 2 least favorite depictions in the series are, or will you save those for us until after the appropriate episode?
One question I have about this episode: In the scene where Blithe gets shot, Lt. Winters comes along and tells Nixon and Welsh that they're being pulled from the front line, and Nixon says, "Now?" I may be mistaken, but shouldn't Nixon know about these things before Winters, since he's on the Battallion staff? And why was Nixon so close to the very front line anyways?
PS Congrats to Capt. Donna, Sgt. Daffie, Lt. appell8, and Sgt. psumner on your recent promotions!