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Band of Brothers--The Facts Behind the Story

The basis of this monumental maxi-series for HBO was historian/author Stephen Ambrose's celebrated book by the same name. The book and our series chronicle the World War II adventures of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. This extraordinary company of paratroopers was raised during the war at Camp Tacoa, Georgia, trained for parachute operations at Ft. Bragg, NC and sent to England where they staged with Allied forces for Operation Overlord, the invasion of Nazi-occupied France across the English Channel.

With the other units of the 101st Airborne, the 82nd Airborne Division and their British Airborne counterparts, Easy Company made a night jump into France only hours before the largest armada in military history began landing on Normandy beaches. Despite mis-drops and heavy casualties, the unit was instrumental in upsetting German defenses and eliminating significant portions of their fire-support plan to counter American landings on Utah and Omaha beaches.

Easy Company fought with the Screaming Eagles in virtually every significant battle of WW II in the European Theater of Operations, including the taking of Carentan, the battle of the hedgerows and the winter campaign at Bastogne. They fought through campaigns in Belgium and Holland. They also made a second combat jump as part of the failed Market Garden campaign to secure bridges over the Rhine. Easy Company ended the war as proud conquerors of Hitler's own Eagle's Nest retreat. They then served as occupation troops in Germany until - one by one - the survivors were sent home to get on with their lives.