Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Band Of Brothers

I am currently hooked on to books and Movies which have World War II as their central theme. And when we talk about World War II, how can we forget the book 'Band of Brothers' written by Stephen Ambrose.

Book Review


book cover of 

Band of Brothers 

E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest 

by

Stephen E Ambrose

The book is an International Bestseller in which the author pays tribute to the men of Easy Company, a rifle company which is part of the 506th Parachute Regiment , 101st Airborne Division of U.S. Army. Easy Company along with Dog, Fox and Battalion HQ companies made up the 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment.

The book starts with the rigorous training of 140 men and seven officers at Camp Toccoa, Georgia who are part of the Easy Company in the summer of 1942. They came from all walks of life and all corners of the country. The book describes the intense training to toughen up the soldiers.What made their bond strong was a intense desire to kill Germans and do their country proud.

By late spring of 1944 Easy Company had become an elite company of airborne light infantry. They saw their first combat action on early morning of D-DAY (Day when Allied forces landed on Normandy beach in France).

The book covers the epic journey of this company from training in Georgia to the dangerous parachute jump on D-Day to the fierce Battle of Bastogne (a town in France) where the company came under heavy fire from Germans. Lying in the cold and freezing weather in the forest at Bastogne was the breaking point for the entire company. The sense of brotherhood in difficult times and to see your friends die under enemy fire was the toughest test which the company had to withstand. They lived and suppressed feelings which were always there, fear of dying, fear of wounds, fear of putting the lives of your men in danger. They saw their officers break down, strong men who were trained to lead.

The Epic journey continues after capturing Bastogne onwards into Germany and finally to 'Hitler's Eagle's Nest' in Berchtesgarden. The Author has interviewed many survivors of Easy company and the entire book is filled with narrations from the soldiers. The entire story moves on the recollection of these men which is interspersed through out the book.

The Author describes these soldiers as breathing, living humans with their prejudices and short comings. Though they come across as heroes, you can always see the frailty and  human emotions which makes the book such a wonderful read.

Stephen Ambrose has written a wonderful book, a piece of history which we all must read. He has given us the opportunity to peek into the life of soldiers and how life was during World War II. The sacrifices made by Easy company were tremendous and I salute them.

Mini Series Review

For all those people who would rather see it than read the book, HBO has made the book into a 10 part mini series which is produced by Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.

I saw the series first and then read the book. The series is a must see, it has been shot very realistically. You become a part of Easy Company and identify with the men. The series has  followed the book to a T. Every part starts off with the surviving members of Easy Company describing the events in their own words and then series continues.

A must see TV series for all the movie buffs and people who enjoy watching history unfold in front of their eyes.

19 comments:

ViShaL said...

I am one of those who would rather see it..infact I have seen it and yes, there is no question about how brilliant it is.

It's a must watch for any Tom Hanks fan :)

Lakshmi Rajan said...

wow ! I am huge fan of war movies too :) I would try to catch soon the 10 part series :) would be great to see war movies in action!

savvy said...

,I'm a War movies fan too. . So will try to catch up with the HBO series though not in the near future coz i'm already fightin a battle with exams to the extent of becoming a martyr at any moment. . Loved the book review too. . But now not really in a position to read the book :-) ,

Rajlakshmi said...

nice review... but then war stories had never interested me :D

magiceye said...

will check out the book thanks

Tarun Mitra said...

I was the fan of the Series in HBO (pity i have seen only few) but hopefully will read this book..thanks for sharing

bollywoodstylediaries said...

I am a big fan on WWII stuff and will def. put this book on my reading list..thanks for the awesome book review!!

Sonal said...

well researched review and i am sure watching the series on Tv must have helped conjure up the image. My father cwas a great fan of war movies and books and he too read voraciously, aboput thje World wars, theee Middle East crisis, [Exodus] and some films a great hit with him were Bridge o9n the River Kwai, Whr Eagles dare and ofcourse The Great Escape, which are but Classics.
Keep Writing!

Smita said...

Nice review :)

I usually stay away from war movies :) MIight read the book though :)

Mr. Stupid said...

Wow. I would love to see it. Book reading has never been my thing. It makes me yawn, scratch my head, yawn again and do the same until I am done...:)
Wonderful review. Now, I am sure to see the series!

Have a good day!:)

karan a said...

Nice detailing in the post!

I am looking forward for the epic to watch on television...

Lazy Pineapple said...

vishal: oh cool...I agree it is brilliant.

Lakshmi Rajan: do watch it and I guarantee you would not be disappointed.

Savvy: Do see it once you get time. All the best for your exams.

Raj: oh I know many people cannot see violence. Do read the book though...

Magiceye: You are welcome :)

Tarun Mitra: You should read the book and then complete the series...it is definitely worth the effort.

Sonali: Welcome dear :)

Sonal: Do catch the series...it is fantastic. Btw I have seen all those movies too..

Smita: Do read the book...I am sure you would love it.

Mr. Stupid : hehe...Go and see the series..its wonderful.

Karan: You will get a DVD of the series. A must watch surely.

Nish said...

I am sucker for books but that sentence " who enjoy watching history unfold in front of their eyes" gives me a reason to watch the TV stuff too..

hitesh rawat said...

it's good that you marked it out for ppl like me who like to watch it......

the HBO series you are talking about.....is it with the same name?????

i have a couple of movies lined up for this weekend....but i'd like to watch this one too.......

Lazy Pineapple said...

Nish: Would suggest you to read the book and also watch the series...

Hitesh: Yes its by that same name...just check for Band of Brothers for DVD. I am sure you will love it...

Kajori said...

WOW!! I had not been very religious about blog-rolling you and some others...and what do I find?? I have missed a lot!!
I love war stories....and lovved your review!!

Haddock said...

long time since i read a book.

Sourav C. Pandey said...

Put Tom Hanks or John Orloff in any movie/TV series, and I'm up for it. Though more of a movie person,than reading a book .. I have read this one, only to find out some faults with the series.

Some inaccuracies did manage to get into the series, such as in the case of Albert Blithe. Blithe is a focal point of the third episode, which incorrectly states that he died in 1948. In fact, Blithe lived on to 1967, dying while on active duty in the Army.

And btw have you read Parachute Infantry: An American Paratrooper's Memoir of D-Day .. let me know if you have, it has facts connected !

..escape !

Lazy Pineapple said...

Kajori: Thanks :) I am glad you liked my review.

Haddock: Watch the TV series if you are not into books.

Sourav: Welcome to my blog:)
Oh yes, I remember in the TV series they said that Blythe dies after he is injured...

I haven't read that book...will try to find it in the library...thanks for letting me know.

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