Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest (Google eBook)
Stephen E. Ambrose’s iconic story of 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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Review: Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's NestUser Review - Roger Gloss - Goodreads
I first read Band of Brothers exactly seven years ago, in July 2007. Stephen Ambrose is an excellent historian. He tells the story of Easy Company, an elite group of paratroopers in the 101st Airborne ... Read full review
Review: Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's NestUser Review - Tonyjoe - Goodreads
Great book about one of the great companies in WW2! This book goes into great detail of E company 506 PIR. Good book for any military history buff! Currahee!! Read full review
3 Duties of the Latrine Orderly ALDBOURNE September 1943March 1944
4 Look Out Hitler Here We Come SLAPTON SANDS UPPOTTERY April 1June 5 1944
5 Follow Me NORMANDY June 6 1944
6 Move Out CARENTAN June 7July 12 1944
7 Healing Wounds and Scrubbed Missions ALDBOURNE July 13September 16 1944
12 The Breaking Point BASTOGNE January 113 1945
13 Attack NOV I L L E January 1417 1945
14 The Patrol HAGUENAU January 18February 23 1945
15 The Best Feeling in the World MOURMELON February 25April 2 1945
16 Getting to Know the Enemy GERMANY April 230 1945
17 Drinking Hitlers Champagne BERCHTESGADEN May 18 1945
18 The Soldiers Dream Life AUSTRIA May 8July 31 1945
19 Postwar Careers 19451991
8 Hells Highway HOLLAND September 17October 1 1944
9 The Island HOLLAND October 2November 25 1944
10 Resting Recovering and Refitting MOURMELONLEGRAND November 26December 18 1944
11 They Got Us Surrounded the Poor Bastards BASTOGNE December 1931 1944