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

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


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

Stephen E. Ambrose's iconic New York Times bestseller about the ordinary men who became the World War II's most extraordinary soldiers: Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, US Army.

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 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 E. 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.

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PublisherSimon & SchusterSimon & Schuster
Publication Date2017-09-052001
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Stephen E. Ambrose was an esteemed American historian and acclaimed author, renowned for his extensive and engaging works on American military history. Born on January 10, 1936, he served as a professor of history at the University of New Orleans and was the founder of the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. Ambrose's interest in American history was entrenched in his narratives, with the ground-breaking biographies of Presidents Eisenhower and Nixon standing as significant contributions to political history. Ambrose was particularly acknowledged for his ability to combine historical accuracy with compelling storytelling, predominantly in the realms of World War II and the Civil War. His best-selling book "Band of Brothers" was a testament to his narrative capabilities, illuminating, in vivid detail, the story of the soldiers in Easy Company during World War II. It was later adapted into an acclaimed miniseries by HBO. His prolific works, which include over 20 books such as "Undaunted Courage" and "D-Day," have left an indelible impact on the genre of military history. Despite facing allegations of plagiarism in his later career, Ambrose's contribution to American history literature remains substantial. His commitment to capturing and recounting the experiences of ordinary soldiers positioned him as a unique voice in his field. Stephen E. Ambrose passed away in 2002, but his legacy as a historian and a writer endures, continuing to enlighten and captivate audiences worldwide.

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