Beyond Band of Brothers
The War Memoirs of Major Dick Winters
“Tells the tales left untold by Stephen Ambrose, whose Band of Brothers was the inspiration for the HBO miniseries...laced with Winters’s soldierly exaltations of pride in his comrades’ bravery.”—Publishers Weekly
They were called Easy Company—but their mission was never easy. Immortalized as the Band of Brothers, they suffered 150% casualties while liberating Europe—an unparalleled record of bravery under fire. Winner of the Distinguished Service Cross, Dick Winters was their legendary commander. This is his story—told in his own words for the first time.
On D-Day, Winters assumed leadership of the Band of Brothers when its commander was killed and led them through the Battle of the Bulge and into Germany—by which time each member had been wounded. Based on Winters’s wartime diary, Beyond Band of Brothers also includes his comrades’ untold stories. Virtually none of this material appeared in Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers. Neither a protest against nor a glamorization of war, this is a moving memoir by the man who earned the love and respect of the men of Easy Company—and who is a hero to new generations worldwide.
In his well-intentioned but impersonal memoirs, Winters tells the tales left untold by Stephen Ambrose, whose Band of Brothers was the inspiration for the HBO miniseries, but Winters's memoir is disappointingly sparse on details unrelated to troop position. It is in the battles and tactical maneuvers of Easy Company that Winters is most at home: on D-Day, when Easy Company's commanding officer is killed, Winters takes charge minutes after landing deep in German territory and leads an assault against a German battery. He carefully explicates the reasoning behind his strategy, leading the reader along as the Company attacks German machine gun and mortar outposts. The narrative is laced with Winters's soldierly exaltations of pride in his comrades' bravery: "My God, it's beautiful when you think of a guy who was so dedicated to his company that he apologizes for getting hit." Although the intrepidness of the group induces more than a tinge of pride, the memoir is devoid of powerful reflections. In the last, sluggish chapters, Winters devotes an excessive amount of time to letters he has received and to expositions on leadership. Winters is too humble for a genre that requires a little bit of conceit.
A Great companion to Band of Brothers. Gives more personal insight to what Ambrose so wonderfully depicted in Band of Brothers. It is also a fantastic insight into the mentality of what a great leader is.
Biggest respect for this generation
Thank you! That is all I can say. I have so much respect for the military, especially the generation of my grandfather. I feel by reading ww1 & 2 books, I feel like the values, integrity and bravery are shouting at me. It feels like my granddad is reading captain winters' words to me. I'm 33, and I know that I will likely never be able to ever live up to what these men did during the war. Thank you gentlemen! May your legacy live on forever in my heart!!
A great American’s story of leadership in war
Paratrooper Dick Winters wrote this following the publishing of Band of Brothers. If you saw the HBO miniseries as you read this you’ll see the words visualized in your mind - it’s obvious the best get part of that miniseries is based more on this book than the more famous Band of Brothers. Both are excellent but this one feels more personal. And here we get a glimpse of Winters’ thoughts on leadership too. It’s a great read. Highly recommended. I wish I could thank him for his service. To any veterans reading this I thank you for your service.