Band of Brothers

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Band Of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose In 1942, the United States entered World War 2 after the Japanese fleet attacked the U.S. Naval base at Pearl on the side of the Allied forces, Canada, Britain, and Russia. This turned the tide of the war in favor of the allies and over the next few years Hitler's forces were pushed back across Europe which left Hitler with only Germany and France under his control. By the spring of 1943, the Allied High Command was able to go on the offensive and as such began planning a major offense for the spring of 1944. This operation was given the Code name "Operation Overlord" and was designed to provide the Allied forces with a foothold in German occupied France from which they could liberate the rest of France and then advance into Germany. In 1992, the late American Historian Stephen Ambrose published his work Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne From Normandy to Hitler's Eagle Nest. Stephen Ambrose's book Band of Brothers chronicles the service of the men of Easy Company during the Normandy campaign of World War 2. In order to accomplish this, Ambrose begins his book with the formation of the 506 P.I.R., parachute infantry regiment, at Camp Toccoa in Georgia. From there he devotes several chapters to Easy Company completing jump school. After this the next chapter or so of the book focuses on Easy Company training for its mission on June 5, 1944, the date on which Overlord was launched. This portion of the book is concluded with Easy Company departing for Normandy with the rest of the 101st Airborne Division. The second half of Band of Brothers follows Easy Company from the moment the company drops into Normandy until the company is disbanded at the end of the war. As such the next few chapters chronicle Easy Company's activity in Normandy following the success of Operation Overlord such as the attack on
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