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Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nestby Stephen E. Ambrose
Synopses & Reviews
They came together, citizen soldiers, in the summer of 1942, drawn to Airborne by the $50 monthly bonus and a desire to be better than the other guy. And at its peak — in Holland and the Ardennes — Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Divison, U.S. Army, was as good a rifle company as any in the world.
From the rigorous training in Georgia in 1942 to the disbanding in 1945, Stephen Ambrose tells the story of this remarkable company. In combat, the reward for a job well done is the next tough assignment, and as they advanced through Europe, the men of Easy kept getting the tough assignments.
They parachuted into France early D-Day morning and knocked out a battery of four 105 mm cannon looking down Utah Beach; they parachuted into Holland during the Arnhem campaign; they were the Battered Bastards of the Bastion of Bastogne, brought in to hold the line, although surrounded, in the Battle of the Bulge; and then they spearheaded the counteroffensive. Finally, they captured Hitler's Bavarian outpost, his Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden.
They were rough-and-ready guys, battered by the Depression, mistrustful and suspicious. They drank too much French wine, looted too many German cameras and watches, and fought too often with other GIs. But in training and combat they learned selflessness and found the closest brotherhood they ever knew. They discovered that in war, men who loved life would give their lives for them.
This is the story of the men who fought, of the martinet they hated who trained them well, and of the captain they loved who led them. E Company was a company of men who went hungry, froze, and died for each other, a company that took 150 percent casualties, a company where the Purple Heart was not a medal — it was a badge of office.
As good a rifle company as any in the world, Easy Company, 506th Airborne Division, U.S. Army, kept getting the tough assignments — responsible for everything from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden. In andlt;Iandgt;Band of Brothers,andlt;/Iandgt; Ambrose tells of the men in this brave unit who fought, went hungry, froze, and died, a company that took 150 percent casualties and considered the Purple Heart a badge of office. Drawing on hours of interviews with survivors as well as the soldiers' journals and letters, Stephen Ambrose recounts the stories, often in the men's own words, of these American heroes.
A look at the men of E Company and their exploits during World War II describes how they parachuted into France early D-Day morning, parachuted into Holland during the Arnhem campaign, and captured Hitler's Bavarian outpost. Reissue. (A ten-hour HBO miniseries, produced by Tom Hanks & Stephen Spielberg)
About the Author
andlt;bandgt;Dr. Stephen Ambroseandlt;/bandgt; was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more thanandnbsp;thirty books. Among his andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestsellers are andlt;iandgt;Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944,andlt;/iandgt; and andlt;iandgt;Undaunted Courageandlt;/iandgt;. Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and a contributing editor for the andlt;iandgt;Quarterly Journal of Military Historyandlt;/iandgt;.
Table of Contents
CHAPTER ONE "We Wanted Those Wings"; Camp Toccoa, July-December 1942andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER TWO "Stand Up and Hook Up"; Benning, Mackall, Bragg, Shanks, December 1942-September 1943andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER THREE "Duties of the Latrine Orderly"; Aldbourne, September 1943-March 1944andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER FOUR "Look Out Hitler! Here We Come!"; Slapton Sands, Uppottery, April 1-June 5, 1944andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER FIVE "Follow Me"; Normandy, June 6, 1944andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER SIX "Move Out!"; Carentan, June 7-July 12 1944andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER SEVEN Healing Wounds and Scrubbed Missions; Aldbourne, July 13-September 16, 1944andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER EIGHT "Hell's Highway"; Holland, September 17-October 1, 1944andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER NINE The Island; Holland, October 2-November 25, 1944andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER TEN Resting, Recovering, and Refitting; Mourmelon-le-Grand, November 26-December 18, 1944andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER ELEVEN "They Got Us Surrounded — the Poor Bastards"; Bastogne, December 19-31, 1944andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER TWELVE The Breaking Point; Bastogne, January 1-13, 1945andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER THIRTEEN Attack; Noville, January 14-17, 1945andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER FOURTEEN The Patrol; Haguenau, January 18-February 23, 1945andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER FIFTEEN "The Best Feeling in the World"; Mourmelon, February 25-April 2, 1945andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER SIXTEEN Getting to Know the Enemy; Germany, April 2-30, 1945andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Drinking Hitler's Champagne; Berchtesgaden, May 1-8, 1945andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER EIGHTEEN The Soldier's Dream Life; Austria, May 8-July 31, 1945andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;CHAPTER NINETEEN Postwar Careers; 1945-1991andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;ACKNOWLEDGMENTS AND SOURCESandlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;INDEXandlt;BRandgt;
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