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Thursday, 13 January 2011

Band of Less Brothers

I was sad to read yesterday of the recent death of Major Richard Winters in the USA on 2nd January 2011.

Dick Winters and his men were subject of a book about their experiences in WW2 during the invasion of Europe, which was subsequently filmed as the HBO mini series 'Band of Brothers'.

As a young Leiutenant, he commanded a platoon of paratroops- 'Easy' Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division when they dropped into Normandy on D Day and beyond.

He and his troops were decorated for a number of actions and one of them- The Brecourt Manor Assault on a fixed position of German artillery pieces shelling Utah Beach is still taught at West Point today as a text book example of such an action.

An inspired and inspirational leader.


  1. Happy new Year, Fuzzy.

    I have the book, Bought it for holiday reading last year, never started it and it's been on the book shelf ever since. It is now next on my reading list.

  2. I bought my Dad the CD series and the Book is on my wish list...
    Not many WW2 vets left...

  3. A bloke for his time, the fact that his lads worshipped him says it all.

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  5. Great CO
    He's is realy "airborne" now.

    Great Band Of Brothers scene playing in the Netherlands

    All was filmed in the UK.