Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

In the autumn of 2001, just before terrorists attacked the United States on September 11th, a ten-part television mini-series, entitled Band of Brothers, began on the Home Box Office (HBO) cable network. That mini-series told with exquisite eloquence the story of one of the most famous U.S. Army units to fight during World War II.
The book upon which this HBO mini-series is based is Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest, by noted historian and biographer Stephen E. Ambrose. This is a truly extraordinary book! Imbued with Ambrose's trademark flowing narrative, Band of Brothers tells with great power the compelling story of one ...

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the most decorated units to have fought in any theater of operations.
Easy Company's story began in the summer of 1942 at Camp Toccoa, Georgia. In that swampy rural setting, men from all walks of life - every one of them a volunteer - assembled to learn how to become paratroopers. As Ambrose points out, these men all wanted to become something more than just ordinary soldiers in the war against Germany; they wanted to become something special.
Among all the trainees at Camp Toccoa, none became more special than the men of Easy Company. Perhaps it was because of the unit's first commander - a narrow-minded, brutal martinet named Herbert Sobel, a man who was universally loathed for his incompetence and poor leadership skills. Nevertheless, he insisted on the most rigorous training possible to prepare the men of Easy Company for war.
All that training paid off when Easy Company finally went to Europe. After being transferred to Britain in early 1944, Easy's soldiers ...

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in the process. Easy Company was gaining a reputation as the finest unit in the 506th PIR; Winters was considered one of the best officers in the regiment. He was soon promoted and appointed Second Battalion Executive Officer.
In September 1944, the men of Easy Company once again found themselves in the thick of some of the worst fighting in Europe. Operation "Market-Garden" was the ill-fated Allied attempt to end the war early by capturing a series of bridges in Holland. This time, the "Band of Brothers" would taste defeat at the hands of the Germans.
After "Market-Garden," Easy Company's soldiers once again received an all-too-brief respite from battle, right before their ...

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