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Small But Poignant Details Fans Noticed In 'Band Of Brothers'

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Though it first aired in 2001, HBO's Band of Brothers remains an extremely popular series, with fans across the internet attesting to multiple rewatches throughout the years. Intimately familiar with the World War II drama, these fans enjoy sharing various details they've picked up from their latest binge sessions. 

Check out these Band of Brothers details that Redditors have shared over the years, and vote up the ones that strike you as the most significant.

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    Cobb Is Dishonorably Discharged

    From Redditor u/DiegoLapadula10:

    Is that Cobb been escorted by the PM? I Remember that the night before he was drunk and arguing with Lt Jones. So I wonder if he got punished or something. The episode is "The Last Patrol."

    Redditor u/miles_playvis answered:

    Private Roy Cobb was dishonorably discharged from service for assaulting his platoon leader, Lt. Jack Foley, whilst drunk on schnapps. Handing in the court martial papers, Colonel Robert Sink remarked, "Foley, you could have saved us all a lot of trouble. You should have shot him.”

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    Nixon Alludes To His Role In Operation Varsity

    Redditor u/JokingKamil asked,

    In the episode "Why We Fight," Nixon says that he and his squad were flying over Germany when some of them got shot down. I tried to find more information on this but can't find anything about Nixon flying over Germany or any Airborne jumps right near the end of the war. Could someone fill me up on the info. I rewatched the series over three times and I still don't know how they ended up there.

    Redditor u/Cross-Country replied,

    That was Operation: Varsity on March 24th, 1945. The 17th Airborne Division, with the 13th Airborne Division in reserve (which included the veteran 517th Parachute Regimental Combat Team) jumped over the Rhine to aid in securing a crossing following the collapse of the bridge at Remagen.

    It was an overcompensation for the failure of Operation: Market-Garden. Rather than have the paratroopers seize and hold distant objectives, they jumped just across the Rhine with every AA gun on the Rhine pointed straight at them. The ground forces were so close that it has since been mostly regarded as a pointless waste of life for the paratroopers who served little to no meaningful role in the crossing.

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    The Real Soldiers Who Are Interviewed Are Not Named Until The Final Episode

    From Redditor u/mymousu:

    Rewatching on Hulu and I’m noticing that none of the real (old) soldiers have their names shown on the screen.

    I couldn’t sworn they used to label the interviews so you know who was talking. This is driving me crazy! I can only remember the real Winters and Guarnere

    From Redditor u/SEMHFreya:

    Apparently the idea was so that the viewer wouldn't know "who made it through the war." If they labeled Dick Winters, Bill Guarnere, etc., then initially the viewer would know that they survived the war. By removing their names, they wanted the viewer to have the feeling that they wouldn't know who would make it through the war, much like the men.

    From Redditor u/Astronaut-Bread:

    I think it was more powerful to make you wait to see who was who until the end. Their words carried no less weight when I first saw their real faces in those early episode interviews.

    And at the end, finally matching up the "characters" we all got to know through the series with the words the real people were saying at the start of each episode all along made much more of an impact, I think. You got to apply context to what they were saying now. You saw what they went through instead of just hearing them talk about it.

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    A Soldier On The D-Day Jump May Be Colorblind

    From Redditor u/cokevanillazero:

    Early on, a soldier who is leading one of the jumps on D-Day tells another soldier to tap him on the shoulder when the jump light goes from red to green.

    It only took me like 15 years to figure out that he was colorblind and lied to join the service.

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