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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.

Topics: World War II, Military, Courage, Veterans, Soldiers, Nazis, Exciting, Gripping, 1940s, Holland, France, Germany, England, and Austria

Published: Simon & Schuster on Oct 26, 2001
ISBN: 9780743218344
List price: $12.99
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This book definitely reads like a novel, though it very clearly depicts the experiences of Easy Company during WWII. The amazing story of the 147 men in the company at one time or another is rich enough as it is, but Ambrose really succeeds in drawing the reader in with his fluent prose. Fascinating.read more
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A stirring story, but not a touch on the privations suffered by combatents on the Ostfront.read more
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From beginning to end this book fascinated me. The men of Easy Company were dedicated to the job and to each other. This book starts with the training they received for a new kind of soldier -- the paratrooper. Throughout the their training and the war the men form bond that makes them a family. You learn about the men, their background, personality, triumphs and tragedies. It's a history worth reading and knowing. These are heroes, and the story should never be forgotten.read more
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This book definitely reads like a novel, though it very clearly depicts the experiences of Easy Company during WWII. The amazing story of the 147 men in the company at one time or another is rich enough as it is, but Ambrose really succeeds in drawing the reader in with his fluent prose. Fascinating.
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A stirring story, but not a touch on the privations suffered by combatents on the Ostfront.
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From beginning to end this book fascinated me. The men of Easy Company were dedicated to the job and to each other. This book starts with the training they received for a new kind of soldier -- the paratrooper. Throughout the their training and the war the men form bond that makes them a family. You learn about the men, their background, personality, triumphs and tragedies. It's a history worth reading and knowing. These are heroes, and the story should never be forgotten.
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Great book that detail the 101st Airborne Regiment during WWII, form thier time in taining camp, to D-Day, Holland, Bastogne, Liberating a concentration camp, and taking Hitler's Eagle nest. This book goes above and beyong HBO's miniseries that was based on this book. The telling engages the reader to give one uinsight into the troops that fought for Europe's freedom. A must read for and History buff and WWII enthusiast! 5 stars!
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This has to be Ambroses best work. My copy has the "soon to be a miniseries..." tag on it. This was the third Ambrose book I read, right after D-Day.
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This single company of WWII 101st paratroopers was put into a glare of publicity by the publishing of Band of Brothers in 1992 by Stephen Ambrose. The book was followed by a TV miniseries of some acclaim as well as books published by individuals within the company, one as recently as 2008. Ambrose met some of the men of the company during a reunion in New Orleans and immediately sensed a good book. A great deal of the success of the book was due to the character and personality of the eventual Commander of E Company, Dick Winters, who gave extensive interviews himself and drew in the other members of the company to tell their stories. The book unfolds like a novel as we follow the men in training, to England, the drop on the eve of D-Day, the Holland drop, Bastogne and the end of the war in Berchtesgaden. Having become well acquainted with the men before battle, we then see later how they face the tests which come to each. We see how men from widely divergent backgrounds form the cohesion necessary to effective battle and yet might fail with poor leadership. A very well-written book giving a wide window into the role of leadership, training, and effective battle.
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