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Band of Brothers by Stephen E. Ambrose
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Dec 08, 2011

it was amazing
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Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers by Steven Ambrose is about the brave men of the 101st air borne, easy company in World War II. The book tells all about the lives of the men of E company from the day they join to the day to the day the 101st was disbanded in November 1945. The company belonged to the 506th Paratroop Infantry Division (PIR). These were the men who parachuted in behind enemy lines on D-Day. Easy company was in every major battle from D-Day to The Battle of the Bulge. This book gives detailed accounts of these soldiers’ experiences. There are also many quotes and personal accounts from members of easy company.
I would HIGHLY recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn more about World War II or anyone who is looking for a good non-fiction book. The soldiers became so close to each other the considered themselves more than brothers, hence the name Band of Brothers. Steven Ambrose wrote an amazing novel about some of the bravest men in history. The soldiers give amazing accounts of their experiences. All of the men from the 506th Easy Company were volunteers. When they saw their first real action on D-Day there were 139 soldiers in E company. Almost all were in between the ages of 18 and 25.
Band of Brothers begins with the company’s intense training. The original commander of E company was Captain Soble. Soble was brutal to his men in training and all of the men hated him. There were actually several occasions when the men tried to kill Soble. The story continues and the men adopt the motto “Currahee” meaning we stand alone. They adopted this motto because it was the mountain they were forced to run up every day in training, and, paratroopers were taught how to fight and disrupt the enemy alone. The book follows easy company throughout the war including operation Over Lord (D-Day), Foy, Operation Market Green, and the Battle of the Bulge. I would highly recommend Band of Brothers by Steven Ambrose.
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