Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose is a collection of past stories telling about how an elite group of paratroopers played an important role in almost all of the major battles in the later part of World War 2

Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose is a collection of past stories telling about how an elite group of paratroopers played an important role in almost all of the major battles in the later part of World War 2. Ambrose talks about shows what life was like for these men before they went to war, the struggles and adversity they faced during war, and how the men of the Easy Company made the transition from being taught and trained to kill, to restore their lives and start families back home. From the brutal “basic” training, to war itself, these men formed a brotherhood that could only come from these extreme hardships.
Many of the Easy Company soldiers had never been a soldier before, and was torn from their everyday lives to fight. Ambrose used chapter one to write about the soldiers lives before the war, including the struggles they faced during the depression. Although these men did not want to go overseas, and had little to no combat experience, they were willing to become paratroopers to at least make their experience a positive one. Their goal was also not just to win the war, but also to be the best soldiers they could be, even if this was only temporary.
Ambrose also goes into how endless basic training felt to the men. During their time in basic training they not only had to compete within themselves, but they competed with other countries as well. “A day or so before leaving Toccoa, Colonel Sink read an article in the Reader’s Digest that said a Japanese Army battalion had set a world record for marching endurance by covering 100 miles down the Malayan Peninsula in seventy-two hours. (p. 28)” Those made Colonel Sink want to beat the Japanese, so he told his men to do better. It was a miserable journey, but had accomplished more than the Japanese.
War in itself is a competition, but this book also talks about the smaller competitions happening during this time. This march helped bring the soldiers closer together, and gave them the confidence they needed to fight in future wars. It also helped develop trust between the men, because they knew that they would have well trained men backing them up. “They were prepared to die for eachother; more important, they were prepared to kill for each other.”
Their first battle, the invasion of Normandy, was an eye opener that only strengthened the bond between these men. The men were terrified when they landed in Normandy and faced Nazi Germany in a low vision area. A test to see if their training at Camp Toccoa was good enough. There were bullets flying, so they could hear which made it even harder to locate the rest of the group when needed. Lieutenant Winters help regroup a few men, so that they would have a better chance of defeating the Germans by sticking together.