‘Band of Brothers’ Reunites for D-Day

This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.

Damian Lewis (second from left), Ben Caplan (fourth from left) and other "Band of Brother" actors posed with WWII veteran JIm 'Pee Wee' Martin at Major Dick Winters statue in Normandy. (Courtesy)

Damian Lewis (second from left), Ben Caplan (fourth from left) and other “Band of Brother” actors posed with WWII veteran JIm ‘Pee Wee’ Martin at Major Dick Winters statue in Normandy. (Courtesy)

When the HBO World War II miniseries “Band of Brothers” was filmed more than a decade ago, the town of Hatfield in England’s Hertfordshire stood in for France’s northern coast. Last week, for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, members of the series’ cast reunited in Normandy to visit the actual locations of the battles their characters fought.

Among the actors was Ben Caplan, 39, who played Walter “Smokey” Gordon, a member of Easy Company, the group of real-life soldiers portrayed in the 2001 series executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. Current television watchers know the Jewish Caplan as Constable Peter Noakes on the popular BBC One period drama “Call The Midwife.”

“It was important for us to be there. There won’t be another major D-Day anniversary like this one,” Caplan said in conversation with The Times of Israel following his return to London. “There probably won’t be veterans still alive or able to attend next time. This one was a big deal.”

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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