Today’s topic of conversation is a mini-series called Band of Brothers. I wanted to discuss this wonderful mini-series today because today is D-Day. *cue respectful/dramatic music*
On this day, June 6 in 1944, the Allies stormed Normandy Beach, ensuing the Battle of Normandy, code-named Operation Overlord. General Dwight Eisenhower was in charge of Operation Overload, which was originally supposed to take place on June 5, but the predicted weather conditions weren’t ideal, so Eisenhower rescheduled the invasion for the next day. Before leading his men into Battle, General Dwight Eisenhower told them:
“You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you.”
Thus, at 6:30 am on June 6 over 5,000 boats landed on the beaches of Normandy and over 11,000 planes took the skies for support. By June 11th the beach was secured and the Allies continued to fight their way across Normandy. The Battle of Normandy changed the tide of WW2 and was pivotal in securing the Allies Victory.
FILM: Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers is a HBO Film Series tells the true story of the Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101 Airborne division, from their training day to their parachuting in the Battle of Normandy, fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, and more. I could eloquently describe their heroism and bravery, but, at times, simplicity is best suited for moments of poignancy: the men of the Easy Company were heroes.
Their tribulations and victories are beautifully scripted and captured in the series, which was co-produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. There are moments where you’re crying, and there are moments where you are laughing. I could go on and on, but as I said before simplicity is most effective and most poignant: the series is brilliant.
Their story becomes all the more real when we see it manifest before our eyes. Unfortunately, our society has become desensitized to hearing news of war. By watching the mini-series, their struggles hold more gravity, and their triumphs are even more triumphal. See for yourselves here.
” We few, we happy few, we band of brothers. For he today that sheds his blood with me, Shall be my brother; be ne’er so vile, This day shall gentle his condition“
Shakespeare Henry V: Act 4, Scene 3
Imagine that the pain and fear in the idea of your own death, is lessened by the comfort of your fellow brothers. Imagine it.
I’ll close with these words found in the series, “there was a time when the world expected ordinary men to do extraordinary things,” and the men of the Easy Company did extraordinary things.
POST SCRIPT: If you need any further convincing to watch Band of Brothers, here is a video of Major Richard ‘Dick’ Winters, leader of the Easy Company, speaking.