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Beyond Band of Brothers

The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters

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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.

From Publishers Weekly

06 February 2006 – In his well-intentioned but impersonal memoirs, Winters tells the tales left untold by Stephen Ambrose, whose Band of Brothers was the inspiration for the HBO miniseries, but Winters's memoir is disappointingly sparse on details unrelated to troop position. It is in the battles and tactical maneuvers of Easy Company that Winters is most at home: on D-Day, when Easy Company's commanding officer is killed, Winters takes charge minutes after landing deep in German territory and leads an assault against a German battery. He carefully explicates the reasoning behind his strategy, leading the reader along as the Company attacks German machine gun and mortar outposts. The narrative is laced with Winters's soldierly exaltations of pride in his comrades' bravery: "My God, it's beautiful when you think of a guy who was so dedicated to his company that he apologizes for getting hit." Although the intrepidness of the group induces more than a tinge of pride, the memoir is devoid of powerful reflections. In the last, sluggish chapters, Winters devotes an excessive amount of time to letters he has received and to expositions on leadership. Winters is too humble for a genre that requires a little bit of conceit.

Customer Reviews

What' missing?

Leadership is the main thing that is missing in today's society from the highest level down.

People look at James Bond and want to be as cool, calm and collected as him in an adverse situation and mistakenly think that that is what courage and leadership are about.

The real hero sacrifices even in the face of possibly disappearing into anonymity among friends and loved ones. Today people are more concerned about what they can get for themselves than helping those around them.

A sacrifice might be your own safety by having others FOLLOW you into a situation where you could get hurt. Winters could have lost his reputation with his superiors if they had found out about his disobedience to orders in Haguenau for a useless mission. Leadership meant in this case risking his own personal being for the sake of his men.

Learn leadership not for the sake of becoming a hero but because so many people are lost and don't know what to do next in order to live happy, productive lives.

Jack Delmonte

Zusätzliche Infos zur Miniserie

Wer die Miniserie von HBO mag, kann auch dieses Buch lesen. Die ersten 50 Seiten lesen sich gut, dann wird der Text nicht mehr so flüssig. Ich hätte mir mehr und detailiertere Infos gewünscht, die in der Miniserie nur am Rande erwähnt werden, flechtet der Autor aber spärlich ein. Die eigenen Gedanken und Gefühle von Dick Winters vermittelt das Buch gut und die Story der Miniserie wird dadurch klarer. Es sei hier erwähnt, dass ein ähliches Buch mit dem Titel 'Band of Brothers' (Ambrose) existiert, welches ein Historiker geschrieben hat.

Beyond Band of Brothers
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  • 9,49 €
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  • Category: History
  • Published: 21 July 2011
  • Publisher: Ebury Publishing
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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