By Stephen E. Ambrose
Nearly as good a rifle corporation as any on the planet, effortless corporation, 506th Airborne department, U.S. military, saved getting the harsh assignments -- liable for every little thing from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the trap of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden.
In Band of Brothers, Ambrose tells of the boys during this courageous unit who fought, went hungry, iced up, and died, a firm that took one hundred fifty percentage casualties and regarded the red 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, frequently within the men's personal phrases, of those American heroes.
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2. The Americans hope to take Cherbourg in a few days. The fall of Cherbourg will soon set three American divisions free to reinforce our attack southward, and it may be 25,000 prisoners will fall into our hands at Cherbourg. 3. We have had three or four days of gale — most unusual in June — which has delayed the build-up and done much injury to our synthetic harbours in their incomplete condition. We have provided the means to repair and strengthen them. The roads leading inland from the two synthetic harbours are being made with great speed by bulldozers and steel networks unrolled.
Quite a considerable proportion of our flying power has been diverted for months past from other forms of offensive activity.
We have had bitter fighting on the British front, where four out of the five Panzer divisions are engaged. The new British onslaught there has been delayed a few days by the bad weather, which delayed the completion of several divisions. The attack will begin tomorrow. 5. The advance in Italy goes forward with great rapidity, and we hope to be in possession of Florence in June and in contact with the Pisa-Rimini line by the middle or end of July. com Triumph and Tragedy 37 presently about the various strategic possibilities which are open in this quarter.
Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest by Stephen E. Ambrose