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Major Dick Winters was a diligent soldier, caring humanitarian and just who you d want to lead a troop of men into the worst of war zones He is most well known from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks World War II miniseries Band of Brothers, which dramatized the valiant efforts of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division from D Day through to the end of the European stage of the war Major Winters memoir takes a brief glance at his youth Major Dick Winters was a diligent soldier, caring humanitarian and just who you d want to lead a troop of men into the worst of war zones He is most well known from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks World War II miniseries Band of Brothers, which dramatized the valiant efforts of Easy Company, 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division from D Day through to the end of the European stage of the war Major Winters memoir takes a brief glance at his youth before diving headlong into his time with the army and his involvement in WWII It finishes just as briefly, rounding out his post war career and retirement, with a coda comprising some of the leadership topics he lectured upon for audiences towards the end of his life Winters friend, the historian Stephen E Ambrose wrote a great book about Easy Company s accomplishments It takes a broad view of the war and the company as a whole Then there are memoirs by other company members, such as non commissioned officer Sergeant Donald G Malarkey, which focuses muchon the men, their personalities and individual achievements Winter s book is somewhere in between Beyond Band of Brothers is an officer s look at the war, and a very competent officer he was The prose is soldierly efficient Winters lavishes praise upon the men he served with and only occasionally he is critical You can tell how damn proud he was to serve with these men, even when he s not flat out telling you.I ve watched the miniseries a number of times I ve read a few books about this company I know the men s names I know their faces It is truly amazing what the went through I ll always be thankful I read this during a vacation in France we were able to visit Normandy and had a personal tour of the beaches and the german and American cemetery It was an extraordinary experience I already new the Hollywood version of the story from the Band of Brothers mini series which I recommend for EVERYONE but I liked reading the actual story from Major Dick Winters This man is a humble hero and served with heroes Whether you want to go into the politics of whether it was the right decision I read this during a vacation in France we were able to visit Normandy and had a personal tour of the beaches and the german and American cemetery It was an extraordinary experience I already new the Hollywood version of the story from the Band of Brothers mini series which I recommend for EVERYONE but I liked reading the actual story from Major Dick Winters This man is a humble hero and served with heroes Whether you want to go into the politics of whether it was the right decision to send in troops or not, what they did was heroic and it DID help the French Some people in France believe that we just took their victory but if you talk to the French who lived in Normandy during that time or whose parents lived during that time, they are nothing but grateful It s a fulfilling read and one that I ll definitely read again as well as encourage everyone else to read I am a huge fan of Band of Brothers That is why I was so excited about this book It was a bit of a let down for three basic reasons.1 It is obvious he is not a writer I can t fault him for that.2 He did not really get into much detail as to what he did during the war.3 He is a very humble person, that is very obvious But he talks too much about how humble he is to the point of he doesn t seem humble I think this relates back to the first point.If you enjoyed Band of Brothers, this is a n I am a huge fan of Band of Brothers That is why I was so excited about this book It was a bit of a let down for three basic reasons.1 It is obvious he is not a writer I can t fault him for that.2 He did not really get into much detail as to what he did during the war.3 He is a very humble person, that is very obvious But he talks too much about how humble he is to the point of he doesn t seem humble I think this relates back to the first point.If you enjoyed Band of Brothers, this is a nice read There is one quote from the series that he states again in the book that always gives me chills.When his grandchild asked if he was a hero, he said, No, but I served with heros He is an unbelievable man who did heroic things with other great Americans I really enjoyed reading the story of Easy Company through Major Winter s eyes I can see why other people think he has false modesty, but I thought it was good anyway But how could you write a story about yourself and your role in the war, and NOT tell what other people said about you I think that was why he felt obliged to always say that he never thought of himself as hero I have never read Band of Brothers, but am a big fan of the movie I really enjoyed all the details not given in the I really enjoyed reading the story of Easy Company through Major Winter s eyes I can see why other people think he has false modesty, but I thought it was good anyway But how could you write a story about yourself and your role in the war, and NOT tell what other people said about you I think that was why he felt obliged to always say that he never thought of himself as hero I have never read Band of Brothers, but am a big fan of the movie I really enjoyed all the details not given in the movie and the plot holes that were filled in by his memoirs I loved the fact that he had good character and was not the typical I m away from home I can do what I want type He had enough character and the guts to stick to his principles I was disappointed in the language he used in the book God s name in vain, etc But that is just me, I am offended when anyone uses His name that way I loved all the details about The Battle of Bastogne I thoroughly enjoyed it overall and I would recommend it to anyone that loves WW2 This is Major Dick Winters war memoirs A first hand account of Easy Company E Company of the US Army, 101st Airborne as they trained, traveled to England, readied for D Day and parachuted into Normandy Winters, as company commander, led his Band of Brothers through Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and on to capture Berchtesgaden, Hitler s Bavarian retreat at the end of the war Many people know of The Band of Brothers book by Stephen Ambrose and the movie of the same name This book is D This is Major Dick Winters war memoirs A first hand account of Easy Company E Company of the US Army, 101st Airborne as they trained, traveled to England, readied for D Day and parachuted into Normandy Winters, as company commander, led his Band of Brothers through Normandy, the Battle of the Bulge and on to capture Berchtesgaden, Hitler s Bavarian retreat at the end of the war Many people know of The Band of Brothers book by Stephen Ambrose and the movie of the same name This book is Dick Winters chance to correct many of the misrepresentations of his men The rumours I d heard about Dick Winters WWII memoir were true for the most part he is no writer, and he does often sound like he s humble bragging His account is very interesting, and valuable, but it reads as if he dictated it all on a recorder and then a secretary wrote it from the recording Some veterans got a journalist or someone else to help with their memoirs, and such a help would have been great for Winters. |Download Book ♧ Beyond Band of Brothers: The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters ⚆ They were called Easy Company but their mission was never easy Immortalized as the Band of Brothers, they suffered % casualties while liberating Europe an unparalleled record of bravery under fire Dick Winters was their commander the best combat leader in World War II to his men This is his story told in his own words for the first timeOn D Day, Dick Winters parachuted into France and assumed leadership of the Band of Brothers when their commander was killed He led them through the Battle of the Bulge and into Germany, by which time each member had been wounded They liberated an SS death camp from the horrors of the Holocaust and captured Berchtesgaden, Hitler s alpine retreat After briefly serving during the Korean War, Winters was a highly successful businessman Made famous by Stephen Ambrose s book Band of Brothers and the subsequent award winning HBO miniseries he is the object of worldwide adulation, Beyond Band of Brothers is Winters s memoir based on his wartime diary but it also includes his comrades untold stories Virtually all this material is being released for the first time Only Winters was present from the activation of Easy Company until the war s end Winner of the Distinguished Service Cross, only he could pen this moving tribute to the human spirit This was hard to rate independently from Band Of Brothers, in that having just read that book, much of this felt like review I do think Beyond was a good read and added additional information, or in some portions clarified statements made in Band Of Brothers I particularly enjoyed Winters describing what it felt like stepping out into nothing on his first jump, and how he spent his time between missions, which I feel is unique to his first hand account Major Winters was an inspiring individu This was hard to rate independently from Band Of Brothers, in that having just read that book, much of this felt like review I do think Beyond was a good read and added additional information, or in some portions clarified statements made in Band Of Brothers I particularly enjoyed Winters describing what it felt like stepping out into nothing on his first jump, and how he spent his time between missions, which I feel is unique to his first hand account Major Winters was an inspiring individual, so I rounded my rating up with the expectation that if I had read this book first it would have had a higher rating I am willing to grant, I guess, that Winters was a remarkable leader, but in this ghost written autobiography he comes across as a sanctimonious prig He gets leave in Paris then complains that he learns too much about the construction of the Eiffel Tower because it doesn t help him as an infantry officer He refuses to drink or get laid or do all the things everyone else was doing because he didn t want to disrespect his unit, his army, his family, his country, etc., etc blah blah, blah.Compar I am willing to grant, I guess, that Winters was a remarkable leader, but in this ghost written autobiography he comes across as a sanctimonious prig He gets leave in Paris then complains that he learns too much about the construction of the Eiffel Tower because it doesn t help him as an infantry officer He refuses to drink or get laid or do all the things everyone else was doing because he didn t want to disrespect his unit, his army, his family, his country, etc., etc blah blah, blah.Comparisons to Audio Murphy s autobiography will be inevitable Ironically I think Murphy s is theintrospective andhumble Winters, clearly a talented company commander and great leader, talks too much about how humble he was as was noted by another reviewer Winters just isn t as good a writer as Murphy, either That being said, as a companion book to the HBO series, it s almost a must for the real life perspective on the events Winters, without the HBO series, would have been lost to the dustbin of history And that s a shame I suspect there were lots of other very talented men who served by doing their jobs and getting wounded or killed in the process, who never received the recognition So I like to think of this book as a memoir for all the troops.I was a little puzzled by the lack of explanation about Winters promotion to executive officer of the Battalion following the Ardennes If he was such a great company commander, why would the powers that be kick him upstairs to where he had no command authority at all and whose job seemed to consist mostly of paperwork and presiding over courts martials of looters this was apparently a severe problem.The biggest problem with this book, is its lack of broad perspective It s really quite myopic It s so clearly everything from the view of E Company, it s almost as if the rest of the world didn t exist Now perhaps that s not fair because I suppose that s a reflection of the world as seen by a company commander during battle I don t know, never having been one It has been said that only if there are great challenges and crises, can presidents become truly great I suspect that might be true of many war heroes as well Without the crisis, they might have just been ordinary folks like the rest of us.It s perhaps ironic but I kept getting the sense that had Sobel, the hated company commander during training, not made their collective lives so miserable in his attempts to wash individuals out, that perhaps they might not have become such a cohesive unit before and later in combat For perhaps another perspective Biggest Brother The Life Of Major Dick Winters, The Man Who Led The Band of Brothers Major Dick Winters was a very humble man, and it is a pleasure to read the story of Easy Company in his own words The writing and narrative are marvelous in this first person account of what it was like to serve in the proud unit It is almost strictly an account of the military actions of E Company, 506th PIR in World War II, but it does delvedeeply into the personalities making up Easy Company Beyond Band of Brothers shares many stories that were not included in the original book or Major Dick Winters was a very humble man, and it is a pleasure to read the story of Easy Company in his own words The writing and narrative are marvelous in this first person account of what it was like to serve in the proud unit It is almost strictly an account of the military actions of E Company, 506th PIR in World War II, but it does delvedeeply into the personalities making up Easy Company Beyond Band of Brothers shares many stories that were not included in the original book or series It also expands on stories that were in both givingpersonal insight It is not simply a re hashing of what s already been said It is a great work in and of itself I think any of us can learn lessons from Major Winters He was a true leader put into an impossible situation He gives all the credit to the men he served with which is the sign of any great leader Beyond Band of Brothers The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters is a must have for any collection of military books, World War II books, or leadership books I recommend it highly