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Band of Brothers is the 2001 HBO World War II miniseries produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg. Based on the best-selling book by the late historian Stephen Ambrose, the 10-part miniseries followed the men of "Easy" Company of the 101st Airborne Division from their basic training, through D-Day and up until the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest. HBO, Spielberg, and Hanks would also chronicle America's involvement in the War in the Pacific in 2010's The Pacific.
The following weapons can be seen in the miniseries Band of Brothers:
The M1911A1 was the standard sidearm of US Forces during World War II. Issued to officers, NCOs and those in positions where a rifle or carbine was not desirable, the pistol quickly became a favored item among Allied troops because of its stopping power. The M1911A1 is seen in various episodes of Band of Brothers. In "Currahee" (Ep.1), it is the main weapon of choice for Capt. Herbert M. Sobel (David Schwimmer). David Webster (Eion Bailey) threatens a German baker with one in "Why We Fight" (Ep.9). In "Points" (Ep.10), Capt. Ronald Spiers (Matthew Settle) uses his M1911A1 to threaten both a German doctor and the drunk American soldier who shot Chuck Grant. Joe Leibgott (Ross McCall) uses an M1911A1 to shoot an ex-Concentration Camp Commandant in "Points" (Ep.10).
World War II issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
An Easy Company Paratrooper firing an M1911A1 during training exercises in "Currahee" (Ep.1).
Captain Sobel (David Schwimmer
) is seen holding an M1911A1 in "Currahee" (Ep.1).
Joe Toye (Kirk Acevedo
) puts a wounded horse out of its misery in "Day of Days" (Ep.2).
An Easy Company Paratrooper fires an M1911A1 at a Fallschirmjäger in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
In "Bastogne" (Ep.6), Sgt. Alley pulls out Smokey Gordon's pistol after he is wounded.
Pvt. Vest angrily attempts to shoot a prisoner in "The Last Patrol" (Ep.8)
David Webster (Eion Bailey
) points his M1911A1 (curiously with white dots on the rear-pistol sights) at a belligerent German baker in "Why We Fight" (Ep.9).
Another angle of Webster with his M1911A1 in "Why We Fight" (Ep.9).
In "Points" (Ep.10), Capt. Ronald Spiers (Matthew Settle
) uses his M1911A1 to threaten the drunk replacement who shot Chuck Grant.
Colt New Service Revolver
Floyd "Tab" Talbert (Matthew Leitch) is given a Colt New Service revolver as a gift on June 4th 1944 in "Currahee" (Ep. 1), he is seen armed with it in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
Colt New Service 1935-1936 - .357 Magnum
"You gotta love cops!"
Floyd "Tab" Talbert receives the Colt New Service
revolver mailed to him from his local police chief.
A French soldier is seen executing Wehrmacht prisoners with a C96 "Broomhandle" Mauser in "Why We Fight" (Ep.9).
C96 Broomhandle Mauser - 7.63x25mm.
A French soldier shoots the Wehrmacht prisoners.
Also known as the "Tommy gun" or "Fast gun", the M1A1 Thompson was the standard issue submachine gun for US Forces in WWII. As such, many of Easy Company's officers and NCOs are shown carrying the Thompson as their standard weapon. Notable paratroopers who carry the weapon include Lt. (Later Capt.) Ronald Speirs (Matthew Settle), Lt. Harry Welsh (Rick Warden), Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton (Neal McDonough), Sgt. William "Wild Bill" Guarnere (Frank John Hughes), and Sgt. Johnny Martin (Dexter Fletcher). The M1 Thompson was too expensive and complex to produce by the Normandy invasion and the M1A1, which simply incorporated a fixed firing pin as part of the bolt, made it far easier for mass production and less expensive. 50 round drum magazines were never issued by the United States Army, being too bulky and unreliable, and the M1 and M1A1 were not designed to use a 50 round drum due to a cost-saving redesign of the magazine well. This fact is accurately represented through the series, with the Thompsons always using 30-round "stick" magazines.
M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
In "Currahee", Easy Company men fire their Thompsons during training exercises in England.
Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton (Neal McDonough
) loads his Thompson in "Day of Days" (Ep.2).
In "Day of Days" (Ep.2), Compton realizes that his Thompson has run dry.
In "Day of Days" (Ep.2), Sgt. Joe Toye points his Thompson at a Wehrmacht artillery man surrendering during the Brecourt Manor assault. Note that Toye's buttstock has been broken off by the stick grenade that landed next to him in the trench. This detail is covered in the book. However, it states that Toye was armed with an M1 Garand, not a Thompson M1A1, during the assault on Brecourt Manor. Why his weapon was changed to a Thompson M1A1 in the show is unknown.
In "Day of Days" (Ep.2), Toye firing his broken Thompson during the assault.
During a flashback scene in "Carentan" (Ep.3), Lt. Ronald Speirs (Matthew Settle
) raises his Thompson M1A1 to execute a group of German prisoners. In the book "Band of Brothers", a photo of the real Speirs shows him holding an M1928A1 Thompson.
In "Crossroads" (Ep.5), Johnny Martin holds his Thompson on 'Polish' SS soldiers.
Johnny Martin fires his Thompson in "Bastogne" (Ep.6).
In "Breaking Point" (Ep.7), Ronald Speirs with his Thompson during his mad dash through Foy.
Lt. Jones (Colin Hanks
) cleans his Thompson before a mission in "The Last Patrol" (Ep.8).
"Popeye" Wynn fires his Thompson in "The Last Patrol" (Ep.8).
Pvt. John Janovec (Tom Hardy
) has the M1A1 Thompson slung in "Points" (Ep.10).
M3A1 "Grease Gun"
The M3A1 "Grease Gun" was the cheap, inexpensive replacement for the Thompson Sub Machine Gun; It is only shown in the hands of Roy Cobb (Craig Heaney). The use of the later M3A1 variant as opposed to the original M3 is anachronistic for the earlier episodes where they are fighting in France and Holland, as it was not introduced until December 1944.
M3A1 Grease Gun as used in Band of Brothers
Pvt. Roy Cobb (Craig Heaney
) fires his Grease Gun in the episode "Replacements" (Ep.4). Next to him is Lt. Peacock holding an M1 Carbine and Webster with his M1 Garand.
Cobb is the only one with a Grease Gun, as the rest, including David Webster, has an M1 Garand
, as they search for Sgt. Randleman.
Pvt. Roy Cobb (Craig Heaney
) fires his Grease Gun in the episode "Crossroads." (Ep.5)
"How many Krauts are left up there?"
Cobb reloading his M3A1.
Another shot of Cobb firing his Grease Gun.
To the far left is a good view Cobb's Grease Gun from the right side.
Cobb at the bottom right tries to knock out the sniper that had just hit Frank Perconte in the ass. Behind him is Heron with his Browning Automatic Rifle
Alton More uses an M1903A3 Springfield Rifle as his primary weapon, although is never seen firing it. Another paratrooper uses an M1903A3 during the Carentan counter attack.
M1903A3 Rifle manufactured by Remington Arms for use during World War II. Note the C-type pistol-grip stock - .30-06
In "Carentan" (Ep.3), Smokey Gordon has an M1903A3 rifle slung while carrying the Browning M1919 seen on the right. He is seen with a M1903A4 variant in other sequences (see below).
In "Carentan" (Ep.3), Alton More breaks into a room, with his Springfield at the ready.
In "Carentan" (Ep.3), the sights of Moore's Springfield is seen as he puts it down to help feed Smokey's gun.
In "Carentan" (Ep.3), a paratrooper gets his finger shot off during the fight at Carentan.
The bolt action is seen on the paratrooper's rifle in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
More's Springfield in the machine gun foxhole during the attack in "Bastogne" (Ep. 6).
M1903A4 Springfield without scope
Interestingly, Smokey Gordon carries an M1903A4 Springfield without a scope. Mainly for the lack of a front sight, along with a scope mount when Smokey turns his back. He might have retrieved the weapon while fighting with the 502nd. The scope might have been damaged for it to be removed, most likely due to the drop. This would make the rifle almost impossible to fire accurately.
Remington M1903A4 Springfield with scope removed.
The M1903A4 Springfield is seen slung on the back of Pvt. Gordon, who is also carrying an Browning M1919A4.
In "Carentan" (Ep.3), the Springfield is seen in front of Blithe, who is carrying an M1 Garand
The barrel is now clearly shown on the right. Notice the front sight missing, distinguishing it from an M1903A3.
Standard issue rifle of the US military during WWII, many of Easy Company's paratroopers are shown carrying the M1 Garand as their standard weapon. Most notable are Lieutenant (Later Captain/Major) Richard "Dick" Winters (Damian Lewis), Shifty Powers (Peter Youngblood Hills) and Joseph Liebgott (Ross McCall) and Patrick O'Keefe (Matt Hickey). The Garand can be seen with and without a bayonet.
Lt. Winters (Damian Lewis
) fires his Garand during the battle of Brecourt Manor in "Day of Days" (Ep.2).
Pvt. Gerald Lorraine (Simon Fenton
) opens fire with the M1 Garand during the battle of Brecourt Manor in "Day of Days" (Ep.2).
Pvt. Tipper (Bart Ruspoli
) fires his Garand from the hip in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
Blythe frantically reloads his Garand as Winters continues to fire in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
Blythe fires his Garand in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
Pvt. Hashey (Mark Huberman
) sees that his M1 Garand has jammed in "Replacements" (Ep.4).
Pvt. Miller (James McAvoy
) holds his M1 Garand while under fire in "Replacements" (Ep.4)
"First on the right!"
Pvt. Garcia (Douglas Spain
) readies his Garand in "Crossroads" (Ep.5).
Pvt. Dukeman holds the Garand in "Crossroads" (Ep.5).
In "Crossroads" (Ep.5), (Capt.) Winters shoots a young SS soldier with his Garand.
Winters fires from the hip with his Garand in "Crossroads" (Ep.5).
Winters (Damian Lewis
) empties his Garand on the company of SS soldiers.
A bayonet is affixed on a Garand before the charge in "Crossroads".
Carwood Lipton (Donnie Wahlberg
) with his Garand in "The Breaking Point" (Ep.7).
Frank Perconte (James Madio
) fires his Garand before being hit in the ass by a German Sniper.
Lipton fires his Garand in Foy.
Shifty Powers (Peter Youngblood Hills
) demonstrates his marksman skills in Foy by taking out the German sniper.
Shifty Powers darkens his M1's front sight using the carbon from a lighter in "The Last Patrol" (Ep.8).
The M1 Carbine is carried by 2nd Lt. Henry Jones (Colin Hanks) in the episode "The Last Patrol" (Ep.8). It is also seen carried by several US marines fighting in Okinawa in newsreel footage.
World War Two Era M1 Carbine
, with Dark Walnut Stock, 'L' peep sight and no bayonet lug - correct for most of WWII, shown with khaki sling and oiler and a period Magazine pouch for buttstock - .30 Carbine
Henry Jones with his Carbine
Newsreel footage shows a US Marine in Okinawa with an M1 Carbine.
US Marines in Okinawa shown with M1 Carbines.
Originally issued to non-combat personnel or those who needed a compact weapon, the M1 Carbine was never meant to be a front-line weapon, nevertheless it was ideal for Airborne troops for its small frame and its compactness. The paratrooper version of the M1, identified as the M1A1 Paratrooper Carbine has the distinct collapsible buttstock and handgrips, is shown extensively throughout the series most notably in the hands of Donald Malarkey (Scott Grimes), Carwood Lipton (Donnie Wahlberg), Warren "Skip" Muck (Richard Speight, Jr.), Lt. Norman Dike (Peter O'Meara), George Luz (Rick Gomez), and Lt. (Later Capt.) Lewis Nixon (Ron Livingston).
M1A1 Carbine - .30 Carbine
Malarkey (Scott Grimes
) gets his M1A1 carbine inspected by Capt. Sobel in "Currahee" (Ep.1).
On the left, 1st Sgt. William Evans (Simon Pegg
) holds the M1A1 carbine in "Currahee" (Ep.1).
Malarkey with his M1A1 in "Day of Days" (Ep.2).
In "Day of Days" (Ep.2), Sgt. Carwood Lipton (Donnie Wahlberg
) fires his M1A1 while sitting in a tree during the battle of Brecourt Manor.
In "Day of Days" (Ep.2), Malarkey reloads his M1A1 during the battle of Brécourt Manor.
In "Day of Days" (Ep.2), Malarkey runs through enemy fire with his M1A1 as he tries to grab what he thinks is a Luger.
Sgt. Luz (Rick Gomez
) fires his Carbine as the 101st tries to take the town of Carentan in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
Luz with his Carbine in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
Major Strayer (Phil McKee
) carries an M1A1 Carbine in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
Lt. Harry Welsh (Rick Warden
) fires his M1A1 Carbine in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
An Easy Company member fires his M1A1 Carbine
in "Crossroads" (Ep.5).
Another Easy Company member fires his M1A1 carbine in "Crossroads" (Ep.5).
Lt. Peacock spots another German company coming over the hill in "Crossroads" (Ep.5).
Lt. Norman Dike (Peter O'Meara
) holds his M1A1 Carbine in "Bastogne" (Ep.6).
Sgt. Luz (Rick Gomez
) with his M1A1 Carbine in "Why We Fight" (Ep.9).
Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I
The Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I rifle is shown briefly being carried over the shoulder of a British sentry in "Carentan" (Ep.3). French soldiers are seen with the rifles when German prisoners are rounded up in "Why We Fight" (Ep.9).
Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I - .303 British. This was the main battle rifle of British and Commonwealth forces during World War II, however, it was supplemented heavily with the older Lee-Enfield No.1 MK.III.
The Lee-Enfield carried by a British sentry in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
A French soldier holds the Lee-Enfield rifle as German prisoners are rounded up and shot in "Why We Fight" (Ep.9).
M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle
The Browning Automatic Rifle, or 'B.A.R' was the standard Squad Automatic Weapon for U.S. rifle squads in WWII. It is shown being primarily used by Cpl. Heron and in the hands of other Airborne troops. It's seen with and without a bipod.
M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06
Cpl. Heron holds the BAR in "Replacements" (Ep.4).
In "Replacements", Cpl. Heron is seen with the BAR next to Sgt. Randleman (Michael Cudlitz
Heron provides cover with the BAR.
"Nail the machine gun."
The BAR is set up to take out a German machine gun position in "Crossroads" (Ep.5).
The BAR with the bipod down is seen as the German machine gun position explodes.
Heron running with his BAR with the bipod down, next to him is Webster with his M1 Garand
Another shot of the BAR as Winters and the men of Easy Company charge up the berm in "Crossroads".
Heron hits the dirt carrying his BAR with the bipod down, preparing to engage the SS troops in "Crossroads".
An Easy Company paratrooper marches with his BAR slung.
Cpl. Heron with his BAR during the attack on Foy in "The Breaking Point" (Ep.7).
Heron fires the BAR in "The Breaking Point".
The BAR from Heron's point of view as he tries to kill the German Sniper.
The Browning M1919A4 .30 caliber machine gun is shown extensively in the hands of Easy company being used in both the defensive and offensive roles. The primary M1919A4 machine gun team of Easy Company in the series consisted of Smokey Gordon and Alton More. The 1919A4 is also shown being mounted on jeeps.
Browning M1919A4, fitted with bolt latch - .30-06
In "Curahee" (Ep.1), an Easy company machine gun team sets up an M1919A4.30 cal during a wargame.
An Easy company machine gun team trains with the M1919A4 in "Curahee".
A mounted M1919A4 can be seen as Easy Company prepare for the assault on Brécourt Manor in "Day of Days" (Ep.2).
In "Day of Days", Pvt. Joe Liebgott (Ross McCall
) provides cover fire with M1919A4 as Winters and the men of Easy Company take out the German artillery battery at Brécourt Manor on D-Day.
An Easy Company M1919A4 machine gun team provides cover fire during the assault on Carentan in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
Walter "Smokey" Gordon (Ben Caplan
) fires his M1919A4 from an upstairs window at fleeing Germans in "Carentan".
Gordon and Alton More fire their M1919A4 at Bloody Gulch.
Gordon and More firing the M1919A4.
The machine gun crew of Alton More (seen setting up the tripod) and "Smokey" Gordon (seen carrying the M1919A4) in "Crossroads" (Ep.5).
In "Bastogne" (Ep.6), an M1919 is seen mounted on the jeep carrying Col. Sink and Gen. McAuliffe.
In "Bastogne" (Ep.6), Smokey Gordon cocks his M1919 during the battle.
Alton More (Doug Allen
) fires Smokey's M1919 after Smokey is wounded.
More continues to fire the M1919 during the battle of Bastogne.
Two Paratroopers provide covering fire with an M1919A4 during the assault on Foy in "The Breaking Point" (Ep.7).
Pvts. Hashey and Garcia prepare to be relieved of their M1919 machine gun position in "Why We FIght" (Ep.9).
In "Why We Fight", Pvt. Patrick O'Keefe is seen loading the M1919.
In "Points" (Ep.10), an M1919 is seen mounted on the jeep driven by Nixon and carrying Winters and Welsh as they enter the city of Berchtesgaden, Germany.
The Browning M1919A6 variant with stock and bipod is seen carried and used primarily by Burton 'Pat' Christensen (Michael Fassbender). It is incorrectly a post WWII model fitted with the conical flash hider/muzzle booster.
Browning M1919A6 post WWII manufacture - .30-06
Christensen with his M1919A6 before the attack.
M1919A6 being fired in "Crossroads" (Ep.5).
Burton 'Pat' Christensen fires his M1919A6 in the episode "Crossroads". The carrying handle and bipod mounted to the barrel jacket are indicators of this particular model.
Liebgott fires during the crossing of the river in the episode "The Last Patrol" (Ep.8).
The Browning M2HB heavy machine gun can be seen throughout the series. The weapon is usually mounted on vehicles such as M4 Sherman tanks as seen in "Carentan" (Ep.3) or the M8 Greyhound Armored Car in "Why We Fight" (Ep.9). Also making a prominent appearance, especially in "The Last Patrol" (Ep.8) is the M51 Quad Mount which, though designed primarily for anti-aircraft use, had a devastating effect on ground targets and was available in either the towed or vehicle mounted versions (designated the M16 Quad Mount). In real life, Easy Company actually 'liberated' a M16 Quad some time after Bastogne which they took with them into Germany.
Browning M2HB in vehicle mounting - .50 BMG
A tank gunner fires the M2HB from a Sherman.
The crew of an M8 Greyhound armored car load their Browning M2HB.
The M51 Quad Mounted system similar to the one used in Band of Brothers
An M51 quad-.50 fires across the river.
Winters stands next to the M51 mount.
The quad M2 is seen on the right.
M1A1 Rocket Launcher "Bazooka"
The M1 Rocket Launcher, affectionately known as the "Bazooka", was the standard anti-tank weapon for the US military during WWII. The Bazooka was excellent against bunkers and buildings, though its effectiveness against the more heavily armored German tanks is debatable. The weapon primarily seen in the series is the M1A1 variant, noted by the single grip. General Eisenhower remarked that "the Atom Bomb, Jeep, C-47 Sky Train and the Bazooka were the four weapons that won the war". The bazooka was copied by the Germans as the 'Panzerschreck' launcher from a M1 Bazooka captured in North Africa. Generally operated by a two man crew (one gunner, one loader) crews quickly figured out that they needed to hit the side, rear or belly armor of armored vehicles, as shown in the episode "Carentan" (the episode also shows how the bazooka rounds would simply deflect off the heavy frontal armor). The bazooka makes notable appearances in the series, being used by Sgt. Charles E. "Chuck" Grant (Nolan Hemmings) in the episode "Replacements" taking out a German machine gun and by John McGrath (Stephen Walters) and Harry Welsh (Rick Warden) in the episode "Carentan" disabling a German StuG III assault gun.
M1A1 "Bazooka" - 2.36 inch
An Easy Company bazooka team fires a bazooka during a training exercise in "Currahee" (Ep.1).
In "Carentan" (Ep.3), Pvt. Ed Tipper (Bart Ruspoli
) uses a bazooka to take out a building during the battle of Carentan.
In "Carentan" (Ep.3), Pvt. Ed Tipper (Bart Ruspoli
) has the bazooka slung.
Lt. Harry Welsh (Rick Warden
) loads a round into the M1 bazooka held by John McGrath (Stephen Walters) in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
The M1 bazooka held by John McGrath (Stephen Walters) appears to have the older wooden stock in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
In "Carentan" (Ep.3), McGrath tries to disable a StuG III (actually a mock up built from a pair of British FV432 APCs) with his M1 bazooka but the rocket deflects off the frontal armor.
In "Replacements" (Ep.4), Sgt. Grant (Nolan Hemmings
) prepares to fire the M1 "Bazooka".
In "Replacements" (Ep.4), Sgt. Grant (Nolan Hemmings
) fires the M1 Bazooka.
In "Points" (Ep.10), Sgt. Grant appears to use an M9 Bazooka in an attempt to detonate the grenades placed on a man-made rock slide.
In "Points", Sgt. Grant walks up to the roadblock with the bazooka.
Sgt. Grant fires at a roadblock in the episode "Points".
Sgt. Grant with the Bazooka.
M7 Rifle Grenade Launcher with M9A1 Rifle Grenades
Several soldiers are seen with M7 grenade launchers mounted on their M1 Garands. They are usually used to launch M9A1 Rifle Grenades.
M7 rifle grenade launcher
Pvt. Cleveland Petty (Adam James
) gets ready to launch another rifle grenade with the M7 launcher in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
Lt. Compton (Neal McDonough
) directs Cpl. Schmidt to fire the rifle grenade in "Replacements" (Ep.4).
Johnny Martin (Dexter Fletcher
) prepares to launch a rifle grenade in "The Last Patrol" (Ep.8).
Johnny Martin launches the rifle grenade in "The Last Patrol" (Ep.8). He appears to fire the weapon from the shoulder, which should have made him very sore. Rifle grenades use blanks that are compressed powder loads so firing like that would hurt. The military at that time taught soldiers to plant the butt of the rifle in the ground (as seen in screenshots above) and use a special ladder sight attached to the front of the barrel to sight with.
Mk II Hand Grenade
The Mk II Hand Grenade is used by several paratroopers in the series. Lt. Harry Welsh (Rick Warden) is seen using one to take out an MG42 team during the battle of Carentan. Paratroopers are seen piling Mk II Hand Grenades onto a enemy-made rock slide in an attempt to blow a hole in the roadblock.
During the Battle of Brecourt Manor, Lt. Lynn "Buck" Compton (Neal McDonough
) attempts to throw a MK II Grenade before it's knocked out of his hands in "Day of Days" (Ep.2).
Lt. Harry Welsh (Rick Warden
) carries a MK II hand grenade on his webbing in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
Welsh pulls the pin off a MK II Grenade.
Carwood Lipton (Donnie Wahlberg
) prepares to clear out a warehouse with MK II Grenade.
In "Points" (Ep.10), Paratroopers place grenades in an attempt to clear a roadblock.
M18 Smoke Grenade
In "Crossroads" (Ep.5), Cpt. Winters is seen throwing a M18 Smoke Grenade for red smoke to signal the charge.
A red smoke grenade thrown by Winters.
In "Points" (Ep.10), the Airborne paratroopers watch newsreel footage of the war in Pacific. In the footage, a US Marine is seen using an M2 Flamethrower.
A marine fires his flamethrower on Okinawa.
The M2 Mortar is one of the close support weapons used by Easy Company. The members of the M2 Mortar team primarily seen were Sgt. Donald Malarkey (Scott Grimes) and Sergeant Warren "Skip" Muck (Richard Speight Jr.) and Private First Class Alex Penkala (Tim Matthews).
Malarkey drops a round into the M2 Mortar in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
Penkala readies the M2 Mortar in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
A standard sidearm of German Forces during WWI and still in use in WWII, the Luger P08 was a prized and coveted souvenir for Allied forces because of its elegant design. Malarkey is seen hunting around for one notably in "Day of Days" (Ep.2). In "The Breaking Point" (Ep.7), Corporal Hoobler (Peter McCabe) kills a German officer who has one, and then, later in the episode, it discharges in his pocket, which makes a fatal wound by hitting his femoral artery. It is later given to Sergeant Malarkey (Scott Grimes), who wanted one to bring home to his little brother. The real gun Hoobler found is a Belgian .32 and was not given to Malarkey. The Walther P38 was the standard issue during WWII, with many Lugers left over from WWI being re-used by some Germans as a sidearm. Though replaced officially by the P38, Mauser would continue producing the Luger until 1943; Evidence can be found on many Lugers with 30's and 40's markings as well as swastikas and eagles.
Luger P'08 pistol - 9x19mm
In "Currahee" (Ep.1), a British soldier clears the chamber of a Luger before letting Hoobler handle it. He is dressed in a German Wehrmacht uniform in order to familiarize US troops of what the enemy looks like.
"Boy, she sure is a doozy."
Hoobler with the Luger.
In "The Breaking Point" (Ep.7), Hoobler examines the Luger he just acquired from a dead German.
Hoobler with his Luger in "The Breaking Point".
In "Points" (Ep.10), Lt. Speirs finds an SS officer holding his Luger after committing suicide while in Hitler's Eagle Nest.
The Wehrmacht officer offers his Luger to Winters in "Points", which Winters refuses to take. In reality, the officer offered Winters a Walther PP instead of a Luger, and Winters did accept it (see below).
In the Band of Brothers companion documentary "We Stand Alone Together", the real Maj. Winters displays the Walther PP pistol he received from a surrendering German officer. Winters discovered the gun had never been fired, and said that it would remain that way. Richard Winters passed away on January 2, 2011.
The lesser-known, full-length barreled Walther PP is available in 6.35mm auto (.25 ACP), 7.65x17mm (.32 ACP) or 9x17mm (.380 ACP)
The real Winters holds his Walther PP in the Band of Brothers
companion documentary "We Stand Alone Together".
Winters with his PP in the Band of Brothers
companion documentary "We Stand Alone Together".
The MP40 was the most common submachine gun used by the German Army during WWII. Popular culture has portrayed the MP40 as the most common weapon in the hands of WW2 German soldiers; this is actually incorrect, as the bolt-action Kar 98 was more common. This is correctly depicted in the show, not being put in the hands over every German soldier. In "Day of Days" (Ep.2), Sgt. Carwood Lipton captures one and caries it briefly in the episode.
MP40 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
is seen in a display case to familiarize US soldiers with German weapons in "Curahee" (Ep.1).
Sgt. Carwood Lipton with his captured MP40 in "Day of Days" (Ep.2).
A Wehrmacht soldier desperately reaches for an MP40
in "Day of Days". This scarcely seems possible since he has four holes in his arm due to grenade shrapnel.
A Wehrmacht soldier fires his MP40 while taking cover at Brecourt Manor.
Two Wehrmacht Grenadiers with MP40s during the battle of Nuenen in "Replacements" (Ep.4).
In "The Last Patrol" (Ep.8), an MP40 is shown on the floor of a German barracks house - it is quickly pulled out of reach by David Webster.
The main battle rifle for the German forces is the Karabiner 98k. Lt. Winters uses a captured K98k when he looses his M1 Garand on D-Day, in "Day of Days" (Ep.2). A German sniper is also seen using a scoped K98k against advancing Easy Company men during the battle of Foy in the episode "The Breaking Point" (Ep.7).
Karabiner 98k - German manufacture 1937 date - 7.92x57mm
Lt. Richard "Dick" Winters (Damian Lewis
) holds the K98k in "Day of Days".
A Fallschirmjäger sniper shoots a paratrooper with his K98k in "Carentan" (Ep.3).
A Fallschirmjäger fires his K98k during the counterattack in "Carentan".
SS soldiers retreat with K98ks as Easy Company launches an attack in "Crossroads" (Ep.5).
A surprised German taking cover in the snow fires his K98k at the retreating Edward "Babe" Heffron and Doc Ryan in "Bastogne" (Ep.6).
The same German, later nicknamed 'Hinkel', firing his K98k at Heffron and Ryan.
A German aims his K98k at approaching Easy Company men in "The Breaking Point" (Ep.7).
The same German with his spotter.
Karabiner 98k with Zeiss ZF42 scope - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A German sniper fires a scoped Kar98k at Easy Company men celebrating after taking Foy in "The Breaking Point".
During the siege of Bastogne in "The Breaking Point" (Ep.7), German soldiers are seen using the new Sturmgewehr 44. A Sturmgewehr 44 is also seen on a German-weapon familiarization wall in "Curahee" (Ep.1), which is anachronistic being that the Sturmgewehr 44 would not have been encountered until two years later.
Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm
Here a Sturmgewehr 44
hangs with other German weapons to familiarize US soldiers, even though it would not be encountered in combat for another two years.
A German in winter camouflage defending Foy with a Sturmgewehr 44.
In "Currahee" (Ep.1), an example of an MG34 machine gun is shown mounted on the wall among the various German weapons for familiarization.
MG34 with 50 round belt drum - 7.92x57mm Mauser
In the upper left on the wall, an MG34
machine gun is shown among the various German weapons for familiarization.
In the mini-series, the MG42 is seen multiple times, being fired from window openings in towns, and in stand-offs with the German armoured vehicles in the advance into France. Most notably, the mini-series did not fail to demonstrate or imply the demoralizing effect of the gun on U.S. troops, and this is a notable achievement for the film-makers, who added this realistic view, which before, had never been seen in such vivid detail in any previous war-film, barring of course, documentaries with actual war-time footage.
MG-42 As used in Band of Brothers
In "Currahee" (Ep.1), an MG42 is seen on the wall along with other German weapons.
A Wehrmacht machine gun crew firing their MG42 at Brecourt Manor in "Day of Days" (Ep.2).
A German Fallschirmjager MG42 crew fires from a bedroom window at Shifty Powers during the battle of Carentan.
An SS MG42 team firing at Easy Company during the counter attack in "Carentan" (Ep.3). In the background another can be seen mounted on an Sd.Kfz. 251 halftrack.
An SS grenadier carries an MG42 during the retreat.
A Wehrmacht machine gun crew fires from a rooftop during the battle of Nuenen in "Replacements" (Ep.4).
An SS machine gun crew is seen firing the MG42 in "Crossroads" (Ep.5). Winters wonders why the crew was giving away their position by firing.
Model 24 Stielhandgranate
In "Day of Days" (Ep.2), Lt. Winters improvises the disabling of the four 105mm Gebirgshaubitze 40 howitzers at Brecourt Manor by shoving Model 24 Stielhandgranate "Potato Mashers" into the bore. One lands next to Joe Toye and Popeye Wynn nearly blowing them up, during the same battle.
A Model 24 Stielhandgranate
Winters carries a bundle of "Potato Mashers" through the trenches at Brecourt Manor.
A Wehrmacht grenadier is seen lugging a Panzerfaust during the battle of Nuenen in "Replacements" (Ep.4).
Panzerfaust - 44mm with 149mm warhead
A Wehrmacht grenadier lugs a Panzerfaust during the battle of Nuenen in "Replacements".
A later-model Panzerschreck is seen discarded in a pile of of debris in "Bastogne" (Ep.6); Bernard J. 'Doc' Ryan and Pvt. Edward 'Babe' Heffron walk past it while headed to Third Battalion's position in search of medical supplies.
RPzB 54 "Panzerschreck" rocket launcher - 88mm
The discarded Panzerschreck, sitting atop a junk pile. A couple unloaded MP40s lay in the pile.