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