Brothers In Battle, Best of Friends
William "Wild Bill" Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron were among the first paratroopers of the U.S. Army-members of an elite unit of the 101st Airborne Division called Easy Company. Arguably the bravest, most efficient, physically fit, and tigh ...more
Yes, memoirs are 'helped' along by someone who knows what they are doing. But to take the 'voice' out, and make sure that there are no grammatical errors, or stuff like that would take away from the charm that these two Philly natives add to their story.
'Disappointing' too, is another adjective that I don't get when appl ...more
I was fascinated as a child by my grandfather's reminiscen ...more
What I have come to enjoy so much more are the stories of the men in the trenches, the Privates, Seargents and Leutenants in a battle. These guys have no idea what is going on from a General's point of view. All they know is that ...more
I've met both Bill and Babe and have listened to Bill tell some of these stories, and now as I read this, I can hear his voice, picture the cigarette between his fingers as he claps his hands and says his, "bing-bang-boom" or does that whistle thing as he tells certain stories. I can hear Babe's quieter voice--I was in Holland for the 60th anniversary of Market Garden and was with a group with (Bill and) Babe as he descri ...more
I enjoyed their brief description of what life was like growing up lower middle class in America an ...more
Note: the book is not corrected for facts and many of the things the two guys say about stories not their own are myths or legends. But it shows you how they thought at the time, so its good to read anyway.
When I was eighteen or nineteen years old, I was worrying about finishing a paper for my Freshman Seminar and my biggest fear was that my roommate would bring a girl to our room the night I was studying for finals. The men in Easy Company were being air-dropped into war zones and hunkering d ...more
Dick Hill delivers a masterful performance in narrating the sometimes humorous, mostly harrowing memories of their time in Easy Company, 101st Airborne, from basic training to D-Day, the liberation of Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, and post-war adjustment.
This is a ...more
It took me much longer that I expected to finish Brothers in Battle. It was not because the book wasn't well written or because the story wasn't interesting. Rather, I just couldn't hear much without having to stop, either to think about what I heard or to gather myself. The story of what these men went through as members of the 506th Airborne Easy Company during World War 2 is just that powerful.
The book tells a little of how their life was before the war, how their training went, their war and...more
It's an easy read, but a difficult book to get through. There are a number of historical inaccuracies that are not corrected by footnote or otherwise, but perhaps they aren't that noticeable if you aren't aware of some details of World War II. I suspe ...more
In other parts, the story is told as if in conversation, interacting, interjecting and sometimes correcting one another. These are th ...more
A very good read, even for the most studious of the Band of Brothers followers as Heffron and Guarnere share stories that have been left out of other works.