By Dick Winters, Cole C. Kingseed
In conflict, nice commanders lead squaddies into hell to do the impossible.
They have been referred to as effortless Company—but their venture was once by no means effortless. Immortalized because the Band of Brothers, they suffered a hundred and fifty percentage casualties whereas freeing Europe, an extraordinary list of bravery lower than hearth. Dick Winters used to be their commander, “the top strive against chief in international warfare II” to his males. this can be his tale, advised in his personal phrases for the 1st time.
On D-Day, Dick Winters parachuted into France and assumed management of the Band of Brothers whilst their commander was once killed. He led them during the conflict of the Bulge, the assault on Foy—where effortless corporation reached its breaking point—and into Germany, during which time each one member were wounded.
Neither a protest opposed to battle nor a glamorization of wrestle, it is a relocating tribute to the human spirit by means of a guy who earned the affection and admire of the lads of straightforward corporation and the adulation of recent generations around the globe.
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SS-Corporal Wolfgang Dombrowski, now part of the Engineer 'Kampfgruppe Moeller' another Hohenstaufen 'Alarmeinheit', was more philosophical but in a practical sense: 'We believed the war was probably over. But you must realise that we lower ranks were only 18 to 19 years old. Our officers were 24 to 29. Still youngsters! Life's deeper issues did not concern us too much. ' 10 The catastrophic reverses experienced by the Wehrmacht, both in the east and west in the summer of 1944 served to emphasise the main factor holding it together until the end: an increasing awareness that the Homeland was now in danger.
An attack was not expected. Alfred Ziegler, a young despatch rider serving in the 9SS anti-tank battalion Panzerjäger 9', liked Arnhem. After the carnage of Normandy, 'Arnhem and Oosterbeek were amazing sights'. After his experiences, tranquil surroundings were the exception rather than the rule. 'I was astonished to see such a beautiful town and village. So different from my home surroundings. There were wealthylooking homes with gardens and houses neatly laid out. Even its little tracks were cobbled or tarmaced.
2 In Arnhem Wolfgang Dombrowski, the SS Engineer Corporal in Moeller's battalion, was enjoying 'a wonderful day'. He had heard the bombing in the morning and thought Deelen airfield had been attacked. Even so: 'Nobody had thought something might come at us from the air. From the ground maybe, but not from the air. ' The pattern established in Normandy had been initial ground contacts followed by a timely withdrawal to avoid the inevitable massive bombing carpet. There was a gigantic column of smoke over Arnhem, but so what?