by Stephen Ambrose
Paperback: 312 pages
Publisher: Touchstone Book
Date Published: 2001
Point: Good military companies are not thrown together from the best recruits, they are forged through the heat of battle, shaped by the constant pounding of steal, and honed by strong leadership. When one has endured that, he may proudly say, “I served in a company of heroes.”
Path: Ambrose follows the Easy Company from the 506th Regiment through training at Camp Toccoa, to Normandy, Hell’s Highway, Bastogne, and Berchtesgaden. They suffered 150% casualties, they saw their companions riddled with bullets, frozen in the snow, drown, and lose their sanity. They pushed forward taking risk after risk. These men gave not only their years to the cause, but much more.
Sources: Ambrose, as usually does an excellent job with journals, interviews, letters, and military information.
Agreement: This book shows the horrors of war and the effects it has on the conquered and conquering. It does not gloss over lose. It does not hide the wickedness that arises in a man, American or German, who hates. War is war.
Personal App: As I read through this book I was so thankful for my friends and relatives who have served in military duty. My Grandfather fought in WWII and I am proud to be his grandson.
Favorite Quote: “The memory of starved, dazed men,” Winters wrote, “who dropped their eyes and heads when we looked at them through the chain-link fence, in the same manner that a beaten, mistreated dog would cringe, leaves feelings that cannot be described and will never be forgotten. The impact of seeing those people behind that fence left me saying, only to myself, ‘Now I know why I am here!’ ” (263)
Stars: 4 out of 5
It would be worth another read and I would recommend it.