Lair of the Grouchy Historian---
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GO NAVY BEAT ARMY
Thirty years of service ----USNA Class of 1987 '87 Sir
Monday, February 7, 2011
Sadly, we lost another member of the Greatest Generation this year, and the remaining World War II vets are dying at a rapid rate. This memoir by Dick Winters, immortalized in Band of Brothers (one of my favorite DVDs EVER) is good, but not great. He does an excellent job of describing the training and formation of Easy Company and how the men bonded together to survive their first commanding officer, Capt. Sobbell. His descriptions of his battle experiences are overwhelmingly modest, but bring to mind the vivid images of the DVD series, especially their actions on D-Day in destroying the German battery at Brecourt, where Winters earned the DSC. Unfortunately, the narrative falls off when Winters leaves Easy Company to a battalion staff position and never really keeps pace with the first part of the book.
None of this, of course, takes away from the bravery and service of these men. I don't read a lot of memoirs, but I'm glad I read this one...it is an easy quick read and I would recommend getting it from your local library.