Information Update - Fall 2001
Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers is a gripping depiction
of Easy Company and some of most critical moments of World War II.
Starting in 1942, the story concerns the soldiers of Easy Company,
506th Regiment of the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division. It begins
with their rigorous training in Georgia, follows them as they parachute
into France behind enemy lines early on D-day morning, follows them
into Arnhem, Bastogne, and the Bulge, and climaxes with their daring
capture of Hitler's fortified mountain chalet, the Eagle's Nest
retreat at Berchtesgaden, Bavaria.
Mr. Ambrose developed an interest in Easy Company during a visit
to an Easy Company reunion in New Orleans in 1988. He recorded their
D-Day battle experiences as part of an oral history project on the
June 1944 invasion of Normandy for the Eisenhower Center at the
University of New Orleans.
Band of Brothers Comes to the Weinberg Library
Charles E. Kratz, Sr., father of Library Director Charles Kratz
and World War II veteran, recently donated a copy of the Band of
Brothers autographed by the surviving members of Easy Company to
the Weinberg Library.
Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks have produced an epic 10-part World
War II mini-series in association with HBO adapted from the best
selling book. The series will premiere on HBO on September 9th.