Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

by Stephen E. Ambrose
Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest

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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This book gets you closer to the action than any other military narrative. Detailing the heroics of E Company during WWII, it’s the story of the front lines, and it pulls no punches. It’s a must read in the military history space, and in many other spaces as well.

Stephen E. Ambrose’s classic New York Times bestseller and inspiration for the acclaimed HBO series about Easy Company, the ordinary men who became the World War II’s most extraordinary soldiers at the frontlines of the war's most critical moments. Featuring a foreword from Tom Hanks.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501179402
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 09/05/2017
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 10,032
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Stephen E. Ambrose was a renowned historian and acclaimed author of more than thirty books. Among his New York Times bestsellers are Nothing Like It in the World, Citizen Soldiers, Band of Brothers, D-Day - June 6, 1944, and Undaunted Courage. Dr. Ambrose was a retired Boyd Professor of History at the University of New Orleans and a contributing editor for the Quarterly Journal of Military History.

Date of Birth:

January 10, 1936

Date of Death:

October 13, 2002

Place of Birth:

Whitewater, Wisconsin

Place of Death:

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi


B.A., University of Wisconsin; M.A., Louisiana State University, 1958; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1963

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Band of Brothers

AS THE RED-LETTER VERSION of the Gospels puts extra attention on those certain passages most important to that story, Band of Brothers shows Stephen Ambrose’s high regard for, and his faith in, the words of the brothers themselves. The historical record of Easy Company of the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division is written neither in the grand tactics of military planning nor in the collective events across the nations-wide fronts of World War II. Rather, the saga of Easy Company is meted out in the days, even the hours, from the formation of the outfit at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, through the horrible months begun in Normandy, and not completed until they took the Eagle’s Nest; in the memories told by the likes of men named Carwood, Buck, and Wild Bill.

There is no question of Stephen’s bona fides as a historian. Band of Brothers holds its own on the Ambrose shelf of books. In it, he shows himself to be, again, a great chronicler of history, a teller of authoritative, intuitive, and heartrending stories. Magnificently, Ambrose demonstrates the most important quality for any scholar or writer—as a listener.

I found it impossible to be a distant observer of the lives of the men of Easy Company as heard and written by Stephen Ambrose. Their stories—the history they witnessed, the history they made—are the redlettered memories of the days of their youth, words that landed in the golden ears of a great writer who knew wheat from chaff.


March 2, 2017

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: "We Wanted Those Wings"
Camp Toccoa, July-December 1942 ..... 13
Chapter 2: "Stand Up and Hook Up"
Benning, Mackall, Bragg, Shanks, December 1942-September 1943 ..... 28
Chapter 3: "Duties of the Latrine Orderly"
Aldbourne, September 1943-March 1944 ..... 41
Chapter 4: "Look Out Hitler! Here We Come!"
Slapton Sands, Uppottery, April 1-June 5, 1944 ..... 55
Chapter 5: "Follow Me"
Normandy, June 6, 1944 ..... 70
Chapter 6: "Move Out!"
Carentan, June 7-July 12, 1944 ..... 89
Chapter 7: Healing Wounds and Scrubbed Missions
Aldbourne, July 13-September 16, 1944 ..... 108
Chapter 8: "Hell's Highway"
Holland, September 17-October 1, 1944 ..... 124
Chapter 9: The Island; Holland
October 2-November 25, 1944 ..... 143
Chapter 10: Resting, Recovering, and Refitting
Mourmelon-le-Grand, November 26-December 18, 1944 ..... 168
Chapter 11: "They Got Us Surrounded--the Poor Bastards"
Bastogne, December 19-31, 1944 ..... 182
Chapter 12: The Breaking Point
Bastogne, January 1-13, 1945 ..... 199
Chapter 13: Attack
Noville, January 14-17, 1945 ..... 218
Chapter 14: The Patrol
Haguenau, January 18-February 23, 1945 ..... 229
Chapter 15: "The Best Feeling in the World"
Mourmelon, February 25-April 2, 1945 ..... 245
Chapter 16: Getting to Know the Enemy
Germany, April 2-30, 1945 ..... 255
Chapter 17: Drinking Hitler's Champagne
Berchtesgaden, May 1-8, 1945 ..... 271
Chapter 18: The Soldier's Dream Life
Austria, May 8-July 31, 1945 ..... 282
Chapter 19: Postwar Careers
1945-1991 ..... 300

Acknowledgments and Sources ..... 317
Index ..... 321
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