By Stephen E. Ambrose
Nearly as good a rifle corporation as any on this planet, effortless corporation, 506th Airborne department, U.S. military, stored getting the cruel assignments -- accountable for every little thing from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the seize of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden.
In Band of Brothers, Ambrose tells of the lads during this courageous unit who fought, went hungry, iced over, and died, a firm that took one hundred fifty percentage casualties and thought of the pink middle a badge of place of work. Drawing on hours of interviews with survivors in addition to the soldiers' journals and letters, Stephen Ambrose recounts the tales, usually within the men's personal phrases, of those American heroes.
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