Band of Brothers: E. Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne From Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle Nest, Book Analysis

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Book Report “Band of Brothers: E. Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne From Normandy to Hitler’s Eagle Nest” by Stephen E. Ambrose Band Of Brothers is the history of Easy Company, 506th Parachute
Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, from basic training to
D-Day. It follows the jump into Holland, the Battle of
the Bulge, and finally the occupation of Berchtesgaden and Austria. This is a rarity among military histories, told from the viewpoint
of the front line soldier, the privates, non-commissioned officers and officers who
carry out the grand strategy of generals. Many books
discuss the inner working of commands at Division and Army levels, but few detail the day to day life of the
soldier. Stephen Ambrose's book does…show more content…
The book next describes the company's jump into Holland, near the
Rhine River, where they fought through November of 1944, and then
on to Bastogne, to again become front line troops in the historic
Battle of the Bulge. Easy Company was the first Allied
troops to occupy Hitler's mountain retreat at
Berchtesgaden. After occupation duty in Austria, the
company and battalion were sent back to a small town near Paris,
and on November 30, 1945, the 101st was deactivated. As Ambrose
puts it, "The Company had been born in July 1942 at
Toccoa. Its existence essentially came to an end almost
exactly three years later. In those three years the men had
seen more, endured more and contributed more than most men can see, endure or contribute in a lifetime." Band Of Brothers
describes those eventful three years in such a way as to make the
reader experience them too. I think Ambrose did very well telling the story of Easy Company because, as stated above, I felt that I was able to experience the three years very well. I am not much of a reader, but enjoyed reading the book very much. I love American history and I have an interest in the military. Having participated in JROTC in high school for 4 years and doing ROTC my first year in college, I was able to understand the roles and concepts presented in the book. One theme I saw a lot in the book was the feeling and thought of brotherhood. The title of the book is Band of Brothers and Ambrose did a very good job of conveying

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