Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose
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Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest Audiobook by Stephen E. Ambrose is a non-fiction history of the World War II company of paratroopers of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne. The book opens with a description of the training of the paratroopers in Camp Toccoa, USA in the year 1942.
The Easy Company’s first major engagement was in the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France. The company performed well and the author details of their bravery. The Easy Company served in Holland afterward in a mission titled “Market-Garden.” The men had to spend most of their time lying in trenches and could move only in the night. This mission tested the company.
The Easy Company then also participated in the Battle of the Bulge, where they were responsible for the defense of the city of Bastogne. They later took to Noville to cut off the German retreat. The company was ill-equipped in terms of weapons and other equipment and many of them died in combat. Their heroics were widely reported in the newspapers.
The Easy Company again went to Bastogne and performed brilliantly and helped Eisenhower accomplish his objectives. The company spent the last year of the war in Germany, processing the surrendering German soldiers and displaced persons. The Easy Company was the first to arrive at Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest in the German Alps, which was considered as an important location due to Hitler’s retreat.
Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest Audiobook by Stephen E. Ambrose is a remarkably well-researched book. Ambrose conducted interviews with the former members of the Easy Company to get first hand and reliable information. The language is blunt and straightforward which is appropriate for a book written on war and its horrors.
The author does a commendable job of capturing the different aspects of the Easy Company’s involvement in the war and their contributions. The manner in which the ordinary blue-collared men from the US fought hostile wars depicting extraordinary courage is craftily portrayed in the book. This is a highly recommended book for readers interested in the stories of courage and valor in the backdrop of the World Wars.