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Band of Brothers

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After catching this great mini-series once again on the History Channel, I decided, as I often do, to pick up the book on which it was based. Stephen Ambrose wrote a truly masterful account of this unique group of men and of their heroics during the final year of World War II.

I enjoyed the book so much that I am currently reading Larry Alexanders biography of the “Biggest Brother” Major Richard Winters.

What is most intriguing to me about this group of men is that, in the beginning of their military careers, they were an army of citizen soldiers. That’s right a volunteer army, just as we have today. They were men who saw it as their duty to protect and defend their country’s freedom and way of life. The same as soldiers view their mission today.

Thank God that in World War II, the men of Easy Company serving in the European Theater of Operations, and the rest of the American soldiers serving on battlefields throughout the world, didn’t have to deal with chickenshit politicians attempting to use them as pawns in a game of political one upmanship, or pacifist protesters who have never learned that freedom really isn’t free. They never had to endure the spectacle of hateful, small minded chimps protesting at a fallen comrades funeral. Thank God there are still men around who answer the call and stand on the wall, so that others, however wrongly, have the ability to criticize them.

I found Major Winters acceptance speech for the Emmy awarded to this mini series, on You Tube. May God bless and keep our soldiers and veterans wherever they may be.

Scolai

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Written by thescolai

October 10, 2007 at 11:23 am

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  1. Great Post.

    hooliganmind

    October 11, 2007 at 7:04 am

  2. I’ve watched and read Band of Brothers twice now, and those certainly won’t be the last times. I absolutely agree with everything you said. I’ve read several really good WWII books this year, and am struck by a profound sense of gratitude everytime I finish one. I’m looking forward to reading D-Day and Citizen Soldiers by Stephen Ambrose next.

    Allison

    December 27, 2007 at 5:06 pm


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