Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters

Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters

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By (author) Dick Winters, By (author) Cole C. Kingseed

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  • Publisher: Ebury Press
  • Format: Paperback | 320 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 196mm x 22mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 21 July 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 009194158X
  • ISBN 13: 9780091941581
  • Sales rank: 14,097

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On D-Day, Dick Winters took off with 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment and prepared to parachute into German-held north France. Ground troops landing on Utah beach were relying on Easy Company to secure one of the causeways that were vital if the troops were to get off the beaches and reach the solid ground of Normandy. The plane carrying many of the commanding officers was shot down, leaving Dick Winters suddenly in command of his company. But during the drop he, and many of his men, had been separated from his equipment and was unarmed except for a trench knife. In this remarkable World War 2 memoir, Dick Winters tells the tales left untold by Stephen Ambrose in his 1992 epic Band of Brothers. Starting with an account of the gruelling training designed to make the 506th the most elite unit in the US Army, Beyond Band of Brothers is fascinating account of one man's experience of commanding Easy Company from D-Day, to the Battle of the Bulge and into Germany. Dick Winters gives real insight into leadership under the most difficult conditions - every man in the company had been injured by the time they reached Germany - and tells the real story of the Allies' final defeat of Hitler, from the point of view of someone who was really there.

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Major Dick Winters was born in Pennsylvania in 1918. He was one of the initial officers assigned to Easy Company of the 101st Airborne. Winters jumped into France on D-Day and commanded the unit now known as the Band of Brothers. Promoted to captain and then battalion commander, he led his men through the Battle of the Bulge and captured Berchtesgaden, Hitler's Bavarian retreat. Major Winters died in January 2011.

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By Branimir Curcic 17 Sep 2012 5

This is great book, I recommend it to everyone who likes history.

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"Praised as an exemplar of leadership, [Winters] shows here what he did to earn that praise, and how he did it" Booklist "[An] extraordinary memoir" H. R. McMaster, author of Dereliction of Duty

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A first-hand account of the true events that inspired the epic Band of Brothers series, told by the man who led Easy Company into battle onto victory Major Dick Winters’ exhilarating depiction of the gruelling training and horrific fighting endured by the men of Easy Company takes you into the minds of this legendary commander and the men he fought alongside. Jumping from his aircraft on D-Day while under fire, Winters landed behind enemy lines with nothing but a knife for protection after losing all his weapons during the drop. From this chaotic first battle, through to returning home changed forever by the experience of war, Beyond Band of Brothers is the real story of how men become brothers and heroes are made.