Band of Brothers: E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne by Stephen E. Ambrose

By Stephen E. Ambrose

Pretty much as good a rifle corporation as any on this planet, effortless corporation, 506th Airborne department, U.S. military, saved getting the cruel 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 over, and died, a firm that took one hundred fifty percentage casualties and regarded the pink center a badge of workplace. 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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With all that thrust towards the east it had also omitted to establish rallying-positions for the forces which had burnt themselves out before Moscow. The turning-point in the war was heaving into view. Another matter clearly documented in the present volume is concurrence between Hitler and the top military in the OKW (the High Command of the armed forces) and the OKH (the High Command of the army) on the meaning of that war. It was to be, simultaneously, a war of annihilation and of conquest of living-space.

This may well happen for the very reason that a variety of approaches have been considered-something which itself afforded considerable difficulty to the team of authors. Whether the co-ordination aimed at has sufficiently succeeded it is up to the reader to judge. The overall project of Germany and the Second World War will certainly benefit from the broad range of comment expected. MANFRED MESSERSCHMIDT PART I Gennan War Policy and the Soviet Union 1940-1941 HORST BOOG JORGEN FORSTER JOACHIM HOFFMANN ERNST KLINK ROLF-DIETER MOLLER GERD R.

Ski, KTB, pt. A (30 July 1940), BA-MA RM 71I4 55 Halder, Diaries, 529-30 (30 July 1940). 1. Situation after the War in the West 23 necessary to deal with the navy's ideas on the strategy of the Reich in the summer of 1940. 57 The formulation of a peacetime naval construction programme was naturally linked with the prerequisite geographical conditions. 'For the protection of the greater German livingspace and for the discharge of its task in protecting maritime communications with a German colonial empire in central Mrica' the naval command staked out claims to, among other places, Dakar, Conakry, and Freetown on the west coast of Mrica, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, and Mombasa-Kilindnii on the east coast of Africa, as well as, in the Atlantic-European sphere, not only Iceland and the Faeroes but also the Azores.

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