episode is seen through the eyes of David
Kenyon Webster. He has been injured in Holland and the episode
8 begins by showing his difficulties met when returning to the Easy
Company. David seems to be despised by his peers.
I have asked
Malarkey why had he been on the sidelines with his friends,
as shown in this episode. que nous avons supporté, puis il
rejoint la E-Company avant que nous arrivions dans la ville d'Haguenau."
He said: "David Webster had not trained with us during the
whole basic training at Toccoa, we did not really know each other
and our relationship had not hardened before or during the war.
On D-Day, he has been parachuted with soldiers of the Easy HQ, which
he belonged to. Wounded in Holland, he did not take part in the
terrible battle of the Bulge, he didn't know the cold, hunger, pain
we had supported, then he joined E-Company before we arrived in
the town of Haguenau".
members of the 506 PIR were dead or wounded, the war was getting
longer, and new arrivals, the "replacement", were considered
as unconscious "greens". Webster was considered by some
of the remaining soldiers of the Easy as a replacement.
These replacements were often ignored by other soldiers. In addition,
Don told me that "David did not speak other than Harvard, the
school he left before joining Camp Toccoa, and finally we thought
he was like a character from another world".
Webster wrote after the war, remembering a trip to the back of a
truck with his comrades: "It was good to be back with faithful
friends I had known. I had confidence in them. Listening to the
discussions in the truck, I felt warm and relaxed on the inside,
like a lost child who was returned in a welcoming home filled with
love after being lost in a dark black forest". He would be
very disappointed with the behavior of some classmates. But his
formidable state of mind helped him not to pay attention to these
provocations, based on a war ground. He understood the pain of these
men, being in the frontline longer than him.
The Easy Company
enters the Alsatian town of Haguenau, north of Strasbourg near the
German border. The Easy receives the order to send a patrol
across the river through the city in order to capture enemies and
make them talk. Lieutenant Jones, just arrived from West Point (he
graduated and became an officer on June 6, 1944, D-Day), volunteered
to lead this mission. Richard
Dick Winters, knowing that Jones had no combat experience, did
not leave him command the patrol. However, he allowed him to participate
as an observer. The leader of this patrol was John Martin.
At the end
of this patrol, and after a short battle between the Americans and
the Germans, members of the Easy left alone on the shore
an injured German soldier, wounded by a grenade thrown by Eugene
Jackson. He was screaming, torn by pain, avoiding the Americans
to sleep. David Webster then think to cross the river, joining the
other side and to use his knife to kill the wounded German but he
did do it for two reasons: there was at that time a barrage of mortars
on the eastern side of the shore and it was possible that the Germans
had used one of their men to make the Americans approach in order
to shoot them at the right time. The Americans decided to throw
grenades to kill the German soldier dying. The soldier Cobb launched
one close enough to kill him.
the mission kills another paratrooper, Pvt Eugene E. Jackson (ASN
: 13011296). He threw a grenade into a house occupied by some Germans
but it did not explode. As he entered the home the grenade exploded.
to this loss, Richard Dick Winters decided to ignore the orders
Sink which were to send a second patrol of the same type the
following night. He wrote a false report in which he writes that
the second patrol failed to capture any Germans. Sink, misled by
the report devised by Winters, abandonned the idea of creating additional
patrols of the same type.
patrol, which was launched 25 hours after the first one had been
planned by Colonel Sink. It was expected that it should normally
take place at an other location than the first patrol in order to
avoid enemy ambush. Richard Winters, while refusing to send a second
patrol in Haguenau, certainly saved the lives of several American