Band of Brothers

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Heathen: B | 4 USERS: A+

"On December 26, 1944, General Patton's 3rd Army broke through the German lines, allowing supplies to flow in and the wounded to be evacuated," the screen reads. "The story of 'The Battle of the Bulge,' as told today, is one of Patton coming to the rescue of the encircled 101st Airborne." A pause. Then, "No member of the 101st has ever agreed that the division needed to be rescued." A New Yorker review of the show aptly noted that what that remark is missing is the exclamation point Stephen Ambrose used to punctuate it. It's a choice that gave the statement both the emphasis the veterans would've added, but also the wink of a reader who knows that no Easy Company man would ever admit to needing assistance.

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Band of Brothers




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