[Audiobooks] Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's NestAuthor Stephen E. Ambrose – Circuitwiringdiagram.co

The take of Easy Company, 506 Airborne Division which became a movie staring Tim Hanks.A company who parachuted into the flooded fields of Northern France They lost many men on that morning of D Day Many were lost, far from their comrades They drown from the weight of their packs They became stuck in trees They were targeted by enemy fire.An incredible story, magnificently written.A true account of a division who lost many Starvation, exposure, and capture were rampant.They suffered 150 p The take of Easy Company, 506 Airborne Division which became a movie staring Tim Hanks.A company who parachuted into the flooded fields of Northern France They lost many men on that morning of D Day Many were lost, far from their comrades They drown from the weight of their packs They became stuck in trees They were targeted by enemy fire.An incredible story, magnificently written.A true account of a division who lost many Starvation, exposure, and capture were rampant.They suffered 150 percent casualties Yet they continued with whatever mission was assigned They used clickers in order to locate anyone from their companies Often these ended in capture.This book uses the words of these men to pose the picture of battle on the western front There are real journal entries Their are interviews But most importantly, photography is included.Even though a movie was made, it cannot and never could compare to this incredible book by Stephan Ambrose.They carried on from Normandy to Hitler s Eagles nest With pride and dignity No complaints litter this book No laughter, no reminiscent stories We read only the true accounts of those brave men.An incredible literary achievement.A MUST READ How many historians does it take to write a bad book that translates into a great TV series While the deeds on Easy Company, encompassing the most famous American battles in the ETO, are a goldmine, mr Ambrose fails to preserve the thrill in print The participants don t come to life, even tough they are introduced with the standard sort of pre war bio in the body of the text and rounded up with a post war bio The heat of battle, ironically, is only felt in the icy cold of an Ardennes winter How many historians does it take to write a bad book that translates into a great TV series While the deeds on Easy Company, encompassing the most famous American battles in the ETO, are a goldmine, mr Ambrose fails to preserve the thrill in print The participants don t come to life, even tough they are introduced with the standard sort of pre war bio in the body of the text and rounded up with a post war bio The heat of battle, ironically, is only felt in the icy cold of an Ardennes winterthey got through the Bulge because they had become a band of brothersWhat it has instead in abundance is an overkill of American gung ho As a companion to the series most post 2001 readers presumably watched it before turning to the book it barely manages to clarify or connect what the scenarists compressed or left out Does it do anything right Two things, perhaps People go in and out of focus as they are killed or transferred There is hardly a main cast that is in the thick of the fighting from Normandy to Berchtesgaden Winters was promoted to Batallion level, others take months to recover from wounds This feeling of blurry anonimity is best felt during basic training, when they re still jumps away from being anelite individual wearing Airborne wings Secondly, it shows that even the great WWII was ultimately only a few years out of a human lifespan of 70, albeit influential ones Some men made a military career that saw them in action in Korea and in command in Vietnam Many profited from the GI bill to pursue a college degree a succesful professional life, markedly within the fields of construction and teaching, which share a goal to improve people and the physical world they inhabit It s a noble sentiment On the other hand, some men closed the book on the army and did not stay in touch through veteran associations A few died bitter, a few let their demons pull the trigger.There is no Greatest Generation Only great people within a generation that took part in a large war And all the losers and assholes great people share every generation with as well as a draft And yes, that captain Sobel was one of those THE MEN OF EASY COMPANY, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S Army, came from different backgrounds, different parts of the country First off, let me just say that words cannot express my gratitude for the sacrifice that these soldiers made, in this case, not for their country, but for the world.Ok So I ve put this off for quite a while Reading this book was intense To put it simply, this book stirs up too many emotions I have a lump in my throat as I sit writin THE MEN OF EASY COMPANY, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, U.S Army, came from different backgrounds, different parts of the country First off, let me just say that words cannot express my gratitude for the sacrifice that these soldiers made, in this case, not for their country, but for the world.Ok So I ve put this off for quite a while Reading this book was intense To put it simply, this book stirs up too many emotions I have a lump in my throat as I sit writing this What these men endured, what they sacrificed, and their bravery in the face of all the death that surrounded them, are things no one who has never been to war can even comprehend Their courage alone leaves me breathless I came to love most of these men, and to despise others I hurt when people died, or got bad news, or were punished I rejoiced for them, and I cried for them However, I think my most prevalent emotions throughout this experience have been awe, respect, and pride.These men left home, went through absolute hell, fought, killed, and a lot of them died for us It breaks my heart that it happened at all, and my heart swells with a gratefulness that is impossible to put into words After reading this book, I feel like I know these men I think about them every day, and I mourn, knowing that they are no longer with us I think some people don t like this book because of the way the author chose to put the soldiers stories together I have to admit that the book isn t written in a very pleasing style, so if you go in to read this book thinking it s going to be a flowing narrative, then you are mistaken This book is writtenlike a bunch of short essays from many viewpoints, that together, makes a whole It was like being dropped among the soldiers, serving as witness for a few brief moments, and then being whisked away to another location, just to do it all over again These men s stories are worth reading, no matter how it s written, put together, or who it s by I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone, especially those who like WWII, soldiers, short stories, or honorable men willing to sacrifice it all We can never thank them enough No, I answered, but I served in a company of heroes Little good comes from war, however it does tend to create heros and leaders and show people how to love and depend upon their comrades The bonds built upon the catastrophic ruin that was World War II is the basis of Stephen E Ambrose s Band of Brothers.After watching the television miniseries a couple times through and really enjoying it for its humanity, I thought it was time I gave the book a go There isn t much difference between the two The timeline and events depicted in the series sta Little good comes from war, however it does tend to create heros and leaders and show people how to love and depend upon their comrades The bonds built upon the catastrophic ruin that was World War II is the basis of Stephen E Ambrose s Band of Brothers.After watching the television miniseries a couple times through and really enjoying it for its humanity, I thought it was time I gave the book a go There isn t much difference between the two The timeline and events depicted in the series stay fairly true to the book, showing the birth of the legendary Easy Company as it goes through basic training, enters the war and fights through an almost endless array of seemingly impossible missions until the European theater came to a close Where the book and show differed was in the amount of detail and backstory that the book provided over the show It s not a lot of extra detail the stories of a few soldiers that had to be passed over for brevity s sake, as well as further personal details of the soldiers mainly focused upon but if you re a big fan of the show, you re a candidate to read Band of Brothers, an admirably penned work that squeezes what good it can out of some dark days indeed This was so good Two thumbs up and a booya I d give it 6 stars if I could I saw the HBO series and loved it so I decided to read the book The book was great too because it gaveinformation on the war and the men involved If you have not seen the series, watch it Then you can call me and tell me how awesome I am for recommending it to you The really great thing about the show and the book is that it is not all about war It is the very accurately true story about the men of E compan This was so good Two thumbs up and a booya I d give it 6 stars if I could I saw the HBO series and loved it so I decided to read the book The book was great too because it gaveinformation on the war and the men involved If you have not seen the series, watch it Then you can call me and tell me how awesome I am for recommending it to you The really great thing about the show and the book is that it is not all about war It is the very accurately true story about the men of E company and the bonds they formed, and I m not even all about forming bonds with dudes Ambrose s Band of Brothers is probably the best ever true WW2 novel I have ever read It makes an excellent vacation read for those who enjoy this genre It deals with the individual men of Easy Company, 506 PIR, 101st Airbourne Division Through Ambrose s portrayal of the men s lives and ordeals he shows how a group of men become not just pals, but brothers we see the formation of the company through training then on to D Day, Holland, Bastogne, Germany and Austria The ending of the novel Ambrose s Band of Brothers is probably the best ever true WW2 novel I have ever read It makes an excellent vacation read for those who enjoy this genre It deals with the individual men of Easy Company, 506 PIR, 101st Airbourne Division Through Ambrose s portrayal of the men s lives and ordeals he shows how a group of men become not just pals, but brothers we see the formation of the company through training then on to D Day, Holland, Bastogne, Germany and Austria The ending of the novel Not to give too much away is possably, for some, a very emotional and powerful closing to the book I would highly recommend it to all Rare indeed are the occasions in which I am forced to proclaim an adaptation of the source material to be not just superior, but vastly so And here we are, with me feeling duty bound do do exactly that Paratroopers of Easy Company, in the square of Sainte Marie du Mont, Normandy June 7, 1944 Let me be frank right at the start Ambrose s deficiencies on display as both a writer and historian are truly baffling to behold, and become glaringly obvious once one manages to detach these from the a Rare indeed are the occasions in which I am forced to proclaim an adaptation of the source material to be not just superior, but vastly so And here we are, with me feeling duty bound do do exactly that Paratroopers of Easy Company, in the square of Sainte Marie du Mont, Normandy June 7, 1944 Let me be frank right at the start Ambrose s deficiencies on display as both a writer and historian are truly baffling to behold, and become glaringly obvious once one manages to detach these from the admittedly inspiring nature of the subject treated And that is in essence the problem, the dilemma if you will The only thing that does somewhat save this book IS the subject the story of the elite military outfit exclusively composed of volunteers of Easy Company, which played such a crucial part in the Western European theatre of war It performed the function of Johnny on the spot in the most significant operations during WW II D Day, Operation Market Garden, The Battle of the Bulge and, as icing on the cake, the capture of Hitler s own Eagle s Nest in Berchtesgarden They went through abject hell, suffered enormous casualties, and many who came out at the other end alive would remain scarred both physically as mentally Without such a grand tale to work with, I can t imagine Ambrose ever having gained the prominence that he had Naturally, it would be grossly unfair to him to put him down too severely He seems like a nice, decent man, and well meaning His effort in looking up surviving Easy Company men, interviewing them, and collating all that information was and remains invaluable What is irksome though is that I firmly believe someone else should have actually written this book A first obstacle is Ambrose s prose, which comes up short It s blunt, stilted, disjointed and lacking in elegance This becomes especially obvious whenever he quotes directly from one of the men of Easy Company, David Webster, a Harvard man and aspiring writer at that time Webster s prose is alive, vibrant and perceptive, unlike Ambrose s, which is just serviceable on the whole, and really quite terrible in certain passages Additionally, the book is bereft of any tension or drama It has no narrative momentum, no vividness How you don t manage to make this at least somewhat exciting, I have no idea As a great admirer and repeat rewatcher of the Hanks Spielberg helmed HBO miniseries, it was interesting to compare and contrast, but while going through the book a nagging thought kept interjecting why was this considered a great, universally acclaimed book even before the miniseries existed Am I living in an alternate dimension or something What am I missing Frightful experience, let me tell you And now we come to its value as a work of military history Ambrose was a historian in a professional capacity , arguably the most important element Again, not a pretty picture Hero worship, jingoism, inaccuracies, contrived extrapolations and conclusions riddle the text Ambrose s perspective is just far too skewed It reads like an officially sanctioned hagiography, which no self respecting historian should ever want to be associated with A suspicious hint of this is inadvertently given in the book s afterword would putting it in the foreword have scared off the serious military history enthusiastsI have circulated the manuscript of this book to the men of Easy Company I have received a great deal of criticism, corrections, and suggestions in return Winters and Lipton especially have gone through it line by line This book is, then, very much a group effortSo there we have it Gone is detached objectivity, relegated to a black hole of oblivion In fear of not wanting to offend his subjects one supposes, by then, having become his friends Ambrose gives way to their own vision of what his book should be, and compromises the integrity of the work as a result Unforgivable One other, final, thing that made me cringe was its pro war rhetoric, which I am particularly sensitive to Ambrose seems to have no problems with presenting a portrait of war as a somehow adventurous undertaking, where boys turn to so they can become real men Needless to say, this is a childish notion I m personally friends with a retired, very experienced paratrooper who was in Rwanda during the brutal 94 genocide, and I can t imagine him ever uttering such a foolish statement In fact, he would slap me to the head were I to do so And I wouldn t reproach him at all for it Dangerous sentiments of that kind have gotten a lot of young, naive boys needlessly killed since the dawn of humankind Not all is lost, however For those interested in the story of Easy Company , I would direct you to the excellent HBO miniseries and its poignant accompanying documentary if you have not already seen it, as there you can see and listen to these men describe their experiences directly A marked contrast with the soldiers described in the book In front of that camera they are somber, pensive, meditative Their sense of loss, pain and regrets patently noticeable by the catch in their voices, their revealing mannerisms It is an infinitelytouching, meaningful experience than the one Ambrose managed to deliver As good a rifle company as any, Easy Company, th Airborne Division, US Army, kept getting tough assignments responsible for everything from parachuting into France early DDay morning to the capture of Hitler s Eagle s Nest at Berchtesgaden In Band of Brothers, Ambrose tells of the men in this brave unit who fought, went hungry, froze died, a company that took % casualties considered the Purple Heart a badge of office Drawing on hours of interviews with survivors as well as the soldiers journals letters, Stephen Ambrose recounts the stories, often in the men s own words, of these American heroesForeword We wanted those wings Camp Toccoa,Stand up hook up Benning, Mackall, Bragg, Shanks, Duties of the latrine orderly Aldbourne, Look out, Hitler Here we come Slapton Sands, Uppottery,Follow me Normandy,Move out Carentan, Healing wounds scrubbed missions Aldbourne,Hell s highway Holland, Island Holland, Resting, recovering refitting Mourmelon le Grand,They got us surrounded the poor bastards Bastogne,Breaking point Bastogne, Attack Noville,Patrol Haguenau,Best feeling in the world Mourmelon, Getting to know the enemy Germany,Drinking Hitler s champagne Berchtesgaden,Soldier s dream life Austria, Postwar careersAcknowledgments SourcesIndex The last few chapters were truly unbearable in their intensity As the soldiers discover for the first time what the real cost and cruelties of the war they fought was, we too are forced to try and understand this unimaginable thing called war that can never be understood even by the ones that fought in it, let alone by posterity looking back.There are some things in life that can only ever be expressed in one way silence a deep and anguished silence that cries primievally in disbeilieving d The last few chapters were truly unbearable in their intensity As the soldiers discover for the first time what the real cost and cruelties of the war they fought was, we too are forced to try and understand this unimaginable thing called war that can never be understood even by the ones that fought in it, let alone by posterity looking back.There are some things in life that can only ever be expressed in one way silence a deep and anguished silence that cries primievally in disbeilieving defiance War a devastating but eerily beautiful thing that is an embodiment of the worst of mankind but still brings out the best in men.So much better than the TV series No timeline tricks, no visual trickery to distract you, but the pure unbridled horror of war and thrill of danger and strategy The book manages to take you into the thick of the action, into the ditches and the gun fire better than the show I m shocked to learn that Ambroses taught history The military history analysis is pretty poor to appalling He s good when he talks about Easy Company and relates stories Though he states that the book is very much a group effort with the men from E Company, so how much of that credit goes to them is anybody s guess, and some events were anonymised and possibly left out to protect people Whenever he attempts military analysis of the actual way battles, his thoughtless MURRIKA propagand I m shocked to learn that Ambroses taught history The military history analysis is pretty poor to appalling He s good when he talks about Easy Company and relates stories Though he states that the book is very much a group effort with the men from E Company, so how much of that credit goes to them is anybody s guess, and some events were anonymised and possibly left out to protect people Whenever he attempts military analysis of the actual way battles, his thoughtless MURRIKA propaganda grates like hell His core thesis appears to be that democratic soldiers what he terms citizen soldiers necessarily outfight those under fascist totalitarian systems which obviously flies in the face of the fact that it was the Red Army that broke Nazi Germany s back not exactly a democratic system to be found anywhere Not a hint of irony or awareness in his thesis I guess it would wrinkle his propaganda too much.What I found interesting was the amount of looting and casual violence in Germany, which gels with other sources I ve read What I found eveninteresting is how Ambrose condemns Germany s mistreatment of people, but totally excuses similar behaviour from his subjects looting for fun and profit, shooting of unarmed, surrendered POWs Not a hint of applying the same critical measurement to all sides.Ambrose nicely feathers his wooden, lacklustre account with liberal quotes from a number of decent to good military historians who are farinsightful than he is such as Keegan.Overall, the show does a great job putting all this on the screen, so you can skip the book What the show left out it usually left out for good reasons I read this book for any gems that were left by the wayside, but it s not worth it, in my opinion.The has another big flaw that rankles me especially All the German is wrong misspelled If you can t be bothered to get it right, just leave it out Parading around badly spelled, agrammatical German is doing nobody any favours.I m giving further books of his a pass