This is the speech that is given by a German Field Marshall to his men after surrendering to the Americans. This is directly cut from the episode, nothing added nothing taken.
This is one of the best scenes in "Band of Brothers". When you reveal the humanity in those you consider the enemy, it shows how grotesque the concept of war really is.
"Men, it’s been a long war, it’s been a tough war. You’ve fought bravely, proudly for your country. You’re a special group. You’ve found in one another a bond that exists only in combat, among brothers. You’ve shared foxholes, held each other in dire moments. You’ve seen death and suffered together. I’m proud to have served with each and every one of you. You all deserve long and happy lives in peace."
It was a speech that resonated not only with the German soldiers but also with the American soldiers listening. The German General eloquently conveyed in a few words the sentiments shared by all who fought, regardless of the uniform that they wore.
We feel its a great speech that can relate to all military branches foreign and domestic and should be shared.
"Band of Brothers" is a dramatized account of "Easy Company" (part of the 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment), assigned to the United States Army's 101st Airborne Division during World War II.