E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne: From Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest
By Stephen Ambrose
Review by Kevin Campopiano
Band of Brothers is a book chronicalizing the emotions, bonds, tragedies and tactics used by Easy Company in the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne which is one of the highest decorated companies from World War II in the United States armed forces. It is written by Stephen Ambrose, a distinguished history professor at the University of New Orleans and noted American historian and biographer.
Easy company was involved in almost every major airborne campaign in the European conflicts of World War II, Even so the book heavily covers the training of the men who were from the very beginning pushed much farther than most airborne soldiers from Camp Toccoa where the men were trained. Although later removed from his position from his lack of ability to navigate troops in combat, Captain Sobel is much responsible for physical nature of the men who were in far superior shape. It is also discussed that the strong bond which is a major theme of the book was created during these times in an effort to rise against their subpar leader. From training Easy Company participated in the midnight drops behind the beaches of Normandy, where the next morning then Captain Richard Winters was called on to take out German artillery guns in the battle of Brecourt Manor. This battle commanded by Captain Winters and Captain Speirs became a textbook example of the use of a small forced against fixed gun positions and is still a widely taught strategy at West Point today. This however was just the first of many notable things the 506 parachute infantry became known for, for they soon found themselves involved with the taking of Carentan, Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Buldge and the encirclement of the 101st during the freezing winter in Bastogne, and the eventual...