The Germans arrive in force supported by assorted tanks, a towed FlaK 38 cannon, and half-tracks. Miller leads the defense, but although they inflicted heavy casualties on the Germans, most of the paratroopers, along with Jackson, Melish, and Horvath are killed, while Upham avoids fighting. Miller attempts to blow the bridge, but is shot and fatally wounded by "Steamboat Willie", who is revealed to have rejoined the Germans. Just before a Tiger reaches the bridge, an American P-51 Mustang arrives and destroys the tank, followed by more Mustangs and advancing American infantry who assault the town and rout the remaining German forces. Upham executes "Steamboat Willie", having witnessed him shooting Miller. Ryan, Reiben and Upham are the only main characters to survive the battle, and Ryan is with Miller as he dies and hears his last words, "James... earn this. Earn it."
After a brief framing scene at a modern WWII memorial site, Spielberg plunges viewers smack in the middle of the D-Day landing at Omaha Beach (with the Irish coastline effectively doubling for Normandy), and it's a baptism by hellfire. Shot newsreel-style with hand-held cameras and staccato cutting capturing the chaotic confusion of the ill-fated mission, it's a horrific sequence that, as seen through the eyes of key audience identifier Capt. John Miller (Hanks), takes on an almost surreal quality — a blood-soaked freak show of death and dismemberment.
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