(JB) Fans of historic TV series “Band of Brothers” can meet the actors when they return to Bastogne, a stone’s throw from Luxembourg, for an official reunion in December.
Altogether 12 actors from the 2001 HBO miniseries produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, will attend three days of events in the Belgian town from December 9 to 11.
The commemorative weekend kicks off on Friday with an exclusive VIP reception and Q&A with actors and veterans in Bastogne from 6pm.
On Saturday, there will be a public event at the Bastogne War museum from 10am to 12:30pm, followed by a private dinner and walk through Bois Jacques with the actors on Sunday. The Sunday event has already sold out, however.
The American-British war drama was based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s 1993 non-fiction book “Band of Brothers”.
It follows members of Easy Company 506 Regiment from training to the brutalities of the Battle of the Bulge, in particular the Siege of Bastogne in December 1944. German forces were attempting to seize roadways through eastern Belgium in order to take the harbour at Antwerp.
Five soldiers from Easy Company who died between Foy and Bastogne and featured in the miniseries, were killed in the battle and are now buried at the American Military Cemetery in Hamm, Luxembourg.
Among them are Private Warren Muck and Private Penkela, whose characters featured heavily in the series.
“They were both mortar men manning a foxhole that received a direct hit from an artillery shell,” Military Cemetery Superintendent Scott Des Jardins told wort.lu/en, adding: “Private Neill was also killed during combat by a machine gun or rifle wound. Private First Class Julian was killed by sniper and Webb was killed in combat.”
The Battle of the Bulge was the costliest battle for Americans, who suffered 87,000 casualties. “That’s equivalent to 10 Normandy landings,” Mr Des Jardins said.
In addition to the actors, a veteran of the 17th Airborne Division, which flanked the 101st Airborne Division, will also attend.
To find out more or book tickets, visit www.wwiifoundation.org