"Band of Brothers" and a U.S. Army Rifle Company
A review of the book "Band of Brothers: E Company, 506 Regiment, 101st airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagles Nest" by Stephen E. Ambrose.
# 28431 | 2,126 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2002 |
Published on Jun 27, 2003 in English (Analysis) , History (U.S. World Wars) , History (European - World Wars) , Literature (General)
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This paper examines Stephen E. Ambrose's "Band of Brothers: E Company, 506 Regiment, 101st airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagles Nest" which has turned into a nationwide phenomenon, with an HBO miniseries based on the book. It looks at how the book itself is an intimate and moving look at the men who made up Easy Company, a U.S. Army rifle company who took on some of the toughest and most dangerous assignments during the war in Europe. Specifically, it analyzes and discusses the book, including a background on the author, his biases or preconceptions, gives a clear idea of the book's contents, how the author proves his thesis as well as a critique of the book. It shows how the men of Easy Company became a band of brothers by their close training and combat and how Ambrose carries this theme of brotherhood and courage throughout the book effectively. Clearly, he has a great affection for these brave men, and it shows in the pages of this amazing book.
From the Paper:""Band of Brothers" follows the men of Easy Company, the 506th regiment, the first airborne paratroopers in the U.S. Army. The men of Easy made history from the first day they became a company - this is one reason Ambrose portrays them for his book. As the men make it through basic training and become a cohesive unit, Ambrose introduces the reader to some members of the company who will play an important role throughout the book, such as Winters, Sobel, Guarnere, and Marlarkey. He follows the men as they learn to parachute, earn their wings, and head off to England for more training before they take part in the Allied landing at D-Day. During the invasion, they jumped into a small French town, and successfully captured a German battery. "With twelve men, what amounted to a squad (later reinforced by Spiers and the others), Company E had destroyed a German battery that was looking straight down causeway No. 2 and onto Utah Beach." "
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