"You really get to know a man if you have to watch him die. That moment right before he realizes it's over. That moment his face reflects every decision he's ever made. What kind of life he led...and if he regrets it."
— Baker's Monologue

Buying the Farm is the 12th chapter of Brothers in Arms: Road to Hill 30. This chapter have the first appearance of a tank and assault team together and the squad loses two members.

Summary[edit | edit source]

With St. Come liberated, the 101st must find a way to Carentan. With the help of a Sherman, look for a western path...

Plot[edit | edit source]

It begins with the squad alone take on a farmhouse on the hill that have the remaining defenders from St. Come. Their goal is to capture and serve as not only a CP but to remove German presence in the area. Leggett and Allen had a heated argument before cool down by Mac. Since Mac can't join the assault, Leggett leads Allen and Garnett to flank the farm much to the friends chargin. This leave Baker, Red, Corrion and Desola along with a Sherman tank for the main assault.

Baker's squad push through the Germans who are well equipped with MG, Panzerfaust crew and well trained paratroopers to defend the farm. Despite this, Baker use their tactics and will to reach the farm and eliminate any opposition. Once they reach the farm, they faced heavy resistance including one Pak 36 but the tank and the squad swiftly dealt with the Germans.

Suddenly, they are ambushed by a mortar team on the other side of the farm. The team reach open field to reach the mortar while avoiding mortar fire. However, they are obstacles like German paratroopers and a StuG tank. The team defeat them and finish off the mortar team.

Despite their victory, they hear the voice of Leggett screaming for Baker. The team rushed to the scene to find a horrifying view, Allen and Garnett corpse along the three Germans corpses. Leggett fell down and cried over his guilt.

Objectives[edit | edit source]

Capture the farmhouse[edit | edit source]

Mop up the remnants around St. Come-du-Mont. The farmhouse is the high ground.

Kill the German mortar team[edit | edit source]

Enemy artillery must be eliminated before the farmhouse can be used as a safe command post.

Characters[edit | edit source]

Weapons[edit | edit source]

American Weapons and Vehicles[edit | edit source]

German Weapons and Vehicles[edit | edit source]

Teams[edit | edit source]

Assault Team:[edit | edit source]

  • Cpl. Hartsock - B.A.R. M1918
  • Cpl. Corrion - M1A1 Thompson
  • Pvt. Desola - M1A1 Carbine

Tank:[edit | edit source]

  • Sgt. Jackson - Sherman Tank

Transcript[edit | edit source]

Main article: Buying the Farm/Transcript

Extras[edit | edit source]

Recreating Normandy[edit | edit source]

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A US Army Signal Corps photo reveals a destroyed German Stug. Above the road on the hill to the right is the house featured in "Buying the Farm."



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When Gearbox visited Normandy almost 60 years later, structures like this farmhouse were still intact and in use, to the delight of the surveyors.



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Gearbox designer, Erik Doescher studies the farmhouse.



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The farmhouse as recreated in Brothers in Arms.



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The real-life counterparts to the other houses in the "Buying the Farm" courtyard. The photosource was used to recreate these buildings in the game.



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The other "Buying the Farm" houses as recreated in Brothers in Arms.



The Sherman Tank - Col. Antal Briefing[edit | edit source]

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The Sherman Tank





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Tanks like this landed in the first wave at Omaha Beach and linked up with the Paratroopers of the 101st airborne near Carentan.





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The Sherman tank was armed with a 75mm cannon, which was used most effectively against the sides or rear of enemy tanks.





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A 30 caliber bow machine gun to suppress enemy troops, and a turret mounted 30 caliber machine gun which can be used by an infantry riding at the back of the tank as Sgt. Baker can do in Brothers in Arms.





German Army Fallschirmjäger - Col. Antal Briefing[edit | edit source]

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The German Parachute Infantry, or Fallshirmjägers were the best equipped and most highly motivated light infantry in the German Army.





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The German 6th Parachute Regiment and the 3rd Parachute Division fought in the Normandy battles.





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The German paratroopers, like their American counterparts were all volunteers. They had more modern rifles and a higher allocation of machine guns, anti-tank weapons and mortars than regular infantry.





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The Fallshirmjägers proved highly effective in the defensive actions they fought against American infantrymen in Normandy and were fierce opponents.





Orchestral Score, Part 2[edit | edit source]

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Orchestral Score 05 - Buying the Farm





Orchestral_Score_06_-_Carentan

Orchestral Score 06 - Carentan





Orchestral_Score_07_-_Purple_Heart_Lane

Orchestral Score 07 - Purple Heart Lane





Orchestral_Score_08_-_Reunion_Theme

Orchestral Score 08 - Reunion Theme









Gallery[edit | edit source]

Difference in the PS2 version[edit | edit source]

  • Leggett, Allen, Garnett, Red and Corrion all carries an M1A1 Thompson
  • Leggett calls for Baker in different tones.
  • Desola is absent. Only Red, Corrion, and the M4 Sherman tank is at Baker's command.
  • Baker is using a Springfield M1903 as his secondary instead of an M1 Garand.
  • Allen & Garnett had their bodies covered up, while a dramatic song was played.
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