Band Of Brothers’ Bastogne Forest Wasn’t Actually A Forest At All

It’s known that HBO’s 10-part miniseries “Band of Brothers” is something of an extension of Steven Spielberg’s celebrated 1998 war film “Saving Private Ryan.” Part of the reverence for the Spielberg-Tom Hanks co-creation comes from an appreciation for the meticulously re-created history, from Belgian villages to liberated concentration camps; the production even shares the filming location of Ellenbrooke Fields with “Saving Private Ryan.” Paired with interview excerpts from some of the real-life survivors, it makes for as-authentic-as-you-can-get storytelling.”Bastogne” is the 6th episode in the series, one that sees the men of the 101st Airborne Division’s “Easy” Company make their way through the European theater of WWII and specifically Germany’s final offensive, known as the Battle of the Bulge.

Focusing on the efforts of Medic Eugene Roe (played by Shane Taylor) as he renders aid to the wounded — for context, Americans incurred 47,500 wounded during the real Ardennes

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