I really thought I would reach the point of intolerability with this show. Just watch the first 2-3 episodes and you'll see what I mean.
But man, this show gets up off its ass pretty well after the first several episodes.
Brutal, unforgiving, barbaric, but it never feels stylised or overdone. It features the absolute worst that war can bring.
Unfortunately, the war setting is the best part of this show. The writing (and for some reason the editing), the pace and interest suffer severely when it comes to relationships, romance, and when our characters aren't being shot at.
That Australia episode bored me to death.
All in all, it's fairly good. Leaves a satisfying ending. But this cannot be compared to Band of Brothers. It's its own entity.