- Gebundene Ausgabe: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Berkley Hardcover; Auflage: 1 (2. Oktober 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0425217280
- ISBN-13: 978-0425217283
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,2 x 2,9 x 23,4 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 99.819 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Brothers In Battle, Best of Friends (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 2. Oktober 2007
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"In this surprisingly good knockoff of Stephen Ambrose's classic Band of Brothers (1992), two members of the legendary E Company give their version of events.
Interviewing Guarnere and Heffron for a magazine article coinciding with the 2001 HBO miniseries, the author realized she had the material for her first book. It reads like oral history, with each man chatting alternately for a few pages, but Post provides the firm editorial hand this approach requires. High- school dropouts from impoverished families in Depression-era Philadelphia, both men quit draft-exempt jobs to enlist in the Army's elite 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Guarnere, who signed up in 1942, delivers a lively account of the brutal, almost sadistic training. A quick learner with a talent for leadership, he was promoted to sergeant before the unit sailed to England in May 1944 to parachute into France the night before the Normandy invasion. Heffron joined his unit as it recuperated in England after the June 6 landing. The men quickly became friends, parachuting into Holland in September for an exhausting three months of fighting in the abortive Operation Market Garden. Their subsequent rest was cut short by December's Battle of the Bulge, and they participated in the legendary relief of Bastogne, where Guarnere was injured and lost a leg. Heffron continued fighting across Germany until the surrender. Each of them delivers a relentlessly gripping account highlighting heroism, sacrifice and terrible suffering without concealing a good deal of bad behavior. (Looting was universal, and paratroopers often killed prisoners.) Both men returned to Philadelphia after the war and revived their friendship, which still endures. A coda recounts the burst of fame they experienced following the 1998 movie Saving Private Ryan (based on a one-paragraph reference in Ambrose's book) and then the HBO series.
Veteran readers will be visiting familiar ground, but it's an irresistible story." -- Kirkus Reviews
The story of two inseparable friends and soldiers portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. William "Wild Bill" Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron were among the first paratroopers of the U.S. Army--members of an elite unit of the 101st Airborne Division called Easy Company. Arguably the bravest, most efficient, physically fit, and tight-knAlle Produktbeschreibungen
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ich interessiere mich schon eine ganze Zeit für die Geschichte der amerikanischen 101sten Airborne Division und ganz besonders für die Geschichte der Easy Company. Das Wirken der E-Kompanie im 2. Weltkrieg, wurde in dem Filmepos "Band of Brothers" nacherzählt.
Als ich von diesem Buch erfuhr wusste ich, dass ich es haben muss. Nun stehen schon zwei Exemplare in meinem Bücherregal und beide sind handsigniert von Edward Heffron und William (Bill) Guarnere. Eines sogar noch von der Mitautorin Robyn Post.
Bill und Ed sind Söhne South Philadelphias im Staate Pennsylvania (danke mike für den Hinweis). Die Zeit im Krieg Seite an Seite hat sie so sehr zusammengeschweißt, dass sie heute immernoch Freunde sind. Wenn sie sich einen Tag nicht sehen, telefonieren sie wenigstens miteinander! Das Buch schildert die Freundschaft zweier junger Männer unter Umständen die sich kaum jemand vorstellen kann. Diese Freundschaft hält bis heute seit über 60 Jahren.
Bill und Edward haben sich im Krieg in einer Fallschirmjägerstaffel kennengelernt. Beide hatten sich freiwillig gemeldet Europa von den Nazis zu befreien. Sie Beide erzählen in diesem Buch über Ihr Leben vor, während und nach dem Krieg und wie die Filmreihe BOB ihr Leben beeinflusste.
Ich muss gestehen, dass ich nicht gerne viel lese und erst recht nicht englische Bücher. Doch als ich dieses Buch angefangen habe zu lesen, konnte ich nicht mehr aufhören. Man fühlt sich so schnell in das Geschehen hineinversetzt und leidet und freut sich mit den Erzählern.
Man wird mit schrecklichen Bildern konfrontiert und bekommt genau erzählt durch welche Hölle sie damals gehen mussten.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
Leicht zu lesen und immer beeindruckend. Ein gutes Buch, vor allem wenn man die BoB-Serie kennt.
Es lässt sich wirklich sehr gut lesen.
Heffron und Guarnere schreiben im Wechsel, so dass man von beiden die Gesichtspunkte eines gemeinsamen Erlebnisses erfährt. Was ich auch sehr gut fand, dass auch geschrieben wird "Das wurde im Film anders dargestellt, als es wirklich war...". Als Zusatz gibt es dann noch ein Kapitel von den Band of Brothers Schauspielern Frank John Hughes und Robin Laing, die die Rollen von Heffron und Guarnere übernahmen.
Schlusswort: Ein muss für jeden, der sich mit der Geschichte der Easy Company beschäftigt und ein wenig englisch lesen kann :)
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Post brings her readers right into the men's living rooms. One gets the impression that Bill and Babe are sitting across from them in an easy chair sipping a beer, recounting their amazing experiences. Post arranges the book nicely. Though both men grew up only blocks apart in South Philly, they would not meet until Babe joined Easy Company in England after the Normandy battles. Recognizing Babe's South Philly accent (for those who ever had a friend from Philly, you know the accent) the men became fast friends. Guarnere ensured Babe was placed in Joe Toye's squad because he knew Toye would take care of "the dirty rat." Both men soldiered through Holland, the bitter cold and horrendous fighting at Bastogne where both Toye and Guarnere were horribly wounded by the same artillery round and both men lost a leg. Babe then carries the narrative to war's end, while Bill recounts his journey through recovery and the physical and mental readjustments he overcame, all the while "just happy to be alive." Chapters on the men's lives and sixty-two year enduring friendship after the war, their travels back to Europe today, and an Epilogue written by actors Frank John Hughes and Robin Laing ("Bill" and "Babe" respectively) round out the book.
Like the memoirs of Winters and Webster, the book ties up loose ends created by both the written and film versions of Band of Brothers. For example, in the film, Guarnere, played by Hughes goes AWOL from hospital to return to Easy Company just prior to heading to Bastogne. Winters advises Guarnere about taking any more "joy rides" and the film leaves it at that. In the book, Guarnere recounts having been previously shot in the leg by a sniper while riding across an open field on a motorcycle in Holland to check on his men (a scene that would have been an exciting addition to the film). Heffron, never forgetting his Catholic school upbringing, recounts his personal feelings during the liberation of the Landsburg concentration camp, and listening to his inner voice that stopped him from throwing a hand grenade into a house in Germany. Breaking down the door with his rifle butt, Heffron discovered a terrified mother and her small children crouched in a corner. Heffron is still haunted with the thought of what would have happened had he thrown the grenade.
Bill and Babe's message is crystal clear, however: war is hell, and the men do not attempt to sugarcoat that fact. The grim reality of shooting German POWs, alluded to in the film is further confirmed within these pages. Today, when a youngster writes a letter to the pair stating he wants to go off to war and bee "heroes" like them, Bill and Babe reply with an astonished "What? Are you crazy?" Both men survived some of the most brutal combat of World War II, and not a day goes by that they do not think of the friends that were killed. Both men's dry humor shines through as well, and one finds oneself laughing hysterically on one page and welling up in tears on the next. Guarnere repeatedly emphasizes that World War II was won through a team effort of all the combined services, and that he and Babe were just two individual members of that enormous team. Two guys from South Philly, imparting a lifetime of wisdom that we can all benefit from. This book is a must read, and one that will reach further than a circle of loyal Band of Brothers fans!
proud son of Sgt. Nicholas Canellis
Company M, 13th Infantry Regiment, 8th Infantry Division
March 1941-September 1945 266 days in combat
This book gives Bill and Babe's first hand account of what they went through during the war, and how the hardships of battle bonded them together even to this day.
The Ambrose book and HBO miniseries while excellent, they pale in comparison with the story being told in the first person, by men who were actually there.
These are two ordinary guys from South Philadelphia,who never knew each other prior to the war, but because of it are best of friends.
If you want to read an excellent first hand account of two real Band of Brothers, pick up this book. You'll laugh and cry, but most of all you will see how the horrors of war can bond people together.
The book stems from the interviews by a journalist in 2001 of "Wild Bill" (aka "Gonorrhea" and one of the two "natural killers" in Easy Company according to Major Richard Winters in his autobiography, "Beyond Band of Brothers") and "Babe" (who joined Easy Company after D-Day and lived through Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge, and the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at the end of the war) in connection with an article she was writing about them and the then upcoming HBO miniseries.
Each chapter contains their life stories (and those of other members) as told separately through these interviews, from both of them growing up poor in Philadelphia, to both of them ignoring their draft exemptions to volunteer, to their training and combat experiences, to their continuing post-war friendship ("Wild Bill" was shipped home after losing a leg in the Battle of the Bulge), to their belated renown as heroes.
I viewed this book with some trepidation as yet another spinoff from what is now a cottage industry of Band of Brothers material but I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting it was to learn more first-hand information from both of these warriors about their WWII experiences and lives both before and after the war. (Particularly revealing are frank admissions of certain acts that have been widely downplayed, discounted, or dismissed for generations. But without these admissions, no one will ever understand what these men went through and what war is often like no matter what side you are on. History cannot be studied or understood in a vacuum. It is these admissions that are, perhaps, their final act of heroism.)