Join Jaime and Krista as they discuss both the Band of Brothers HBO mini-series and the book it was based on.
Undeclared BoB - Wrap Up
Well, here it is: our final episode on Band of Brothers and the men of Easy Company. In this wrap up, we discuss further details about a number of the men, particularly ones who weren't featured much in the Ambrose book.
We've really loved covering this series, and learning more about this incredible group of veterans, and, whether they'd call themselves this or not, heroes. It's been an honor. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did.
Here is a list of books that we recommend if you're interested in learning more.
We Who Are Alive and Remain - by Marcus Brotherton
A Company of Heroes - by Marcus Brotherton
Biggest Brother - by Larry Alexander (about Richard Winters)
Beyond Band of Brothers - by Richard Winters
Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends - by Bill Guarnere and Babe Heffron
Easy Company Soldier - by Don Malarkey
Call of Duty - by Buck Compton
Shifty’s War - by Darrell "Shifty" Powers
Parachute Infantry - by David Kenyon Webster
Silver Eagle - by Ronald Ooms (about Clancy Lyall)
In the Footsteps of Band of Brothers - by Larry Alexander
Fighting Fox Company - by Bill Brown and Terry Poyser
D-Day by Stephen Ambrose
The Longest Winter - by Alex Kershaw
Undeclared Band of Brothers - Points
Well, we've reached the end of the mini-series, guys. It's sad. Well, the episode itself isn't, because we see Easy Company take Hitler's Eagle's Nest, get a bunch of fancy booze, loot some fancy stuff, and the war ends so they all get to go home. But it's sad for us because we've really enjoyed talking about this show, and these guys.
Next week we will be doing a wrap up, and we'll talk about what the surviving members did after the war. So it's not quite over yet.
Additional info: Sgt. Grant: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_E._Grant
Alton More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alton_More
Donald Malarkey: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Malarkey
Veterans Day tribute to an Oregon hero: Don Malarkey
Malarkey and Buck meet Prince Charles: http://www.valorstudios.com/Band-of-Brothers-with-Prince-Charles.htm
Easy Company living legacies: https://www.warhistoryonline.com/world-war-ii/living-legacies-real-band-brothers-vets-just-wont_quit.html/2
AV CLUB http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/band-brothers-points-205379 Points
http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/band-brothers-why-we-fight-205104 Why we fight
Undeclared Band of Brothers - Why We Fight
In this episode, Easy Company finds a concentration camp. We've all seen pictures, or footage, of the camps, but most of the soldiers who were fighting in the war hadn't even heard rumors of the existence of them.
In doing some research, I found some footage taken by the US Army of the townspeople cleaning up after the prisoners were released, like Nixon goes to observe in the episode. It's awful, but I think necessary to watch to fully grasp what the price of this war was for so many people. I will link it below, along with some other info on the camps.
This episode is rough, and we tried to discuss it as best as we could.
Video of the the camp Easy company was part of liberating, as it was being cleaned up by the townspeople. The Text is in German, but is easily translated through Google. http://www.buergervereinigung-landsberg.de/geschichte/orginalfilm.htm
More info about the Camp, and who actually found it first: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaufering_concentration_camp
Joe Liebgott: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Liebgott
Undeclared BoB - The Last Patrol
In this episode, Webster returns to a less than welcoming response from his comrades in Easy, and Lt. Jones joins the company pretty much straight out of West Point on his way up the ladder. And, as usual, Easy is tasked with a potentially dangerous patrol to get some prisoners over other companies despite their exhaustion and the fact that they've been on the front lines pretty much since D-Day.
Some additional info:
Pvt. David Webster: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Kenyon_Webster
Lt. Hank Jones: http://apps.westpointaog.org/Memorials/Article/14163/
The Patrol: http://www.dday-overlord.com/eng/band_of_brothers_episode_8.htm
An account of a tour someone took with Guarnere and Heffron of the places Easy Company fought. http://www.historynet.com/world-war-ii-in-the-footsteps-of-easy-company-during-a-band-of-brothers-tour.htm
The AV Club recap: http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/band-brothers-last-patrol-204901
Undeclared BoB - The Breaking Point
This is a rough one, you guys. It's pretty much non-stop from beginning until end, with Easy Company losing quite a few of their men due to horrific wounds, emotional burn out, or death. Winters' hands are tied and he can't get rid of their useless CO, until Dike almost gets more of the men killed. Enter Lt. Spiers!
We have a lot of links for you with this one, because so much happened to so many people.
Bastogne & Foy: http://www.ronaldspeirs.com/military/ww2/belgium-bastogne/
Photos of Easy Company Foxholes still in the Bois Jacques Forest in Belgium: https://www.landmarkscout.com/easy-company-101st-airborne-division-in-the-battle-of-the-bulge-foy-belgium/
Ronald Spiers: http://www.ronaldspeirs.com/
Carwood Lipton: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/12/24/us/c-carwood-lipton-81-figure-in-band-of-brothers-dies.html
Bill Guarnere: http://www.marcusbrotherton.com/know-bill-guarnere-1923-2014-love/
Bill and Babe: http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/03/14/band-of-brothers-vets-wild-bill-guarnere-babe-heffron-remembrance/
Joe Toye: http://www.marcusbrotherton.com/an-unimagined-success/
"Skip" Muck and Alex Penkala: http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/33956-muck-and-penkala-grave-markers-in-luxembourg/
Donald Hoobler: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Hoobler
Lt. Dike: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norman_Dike
The AV Club recap: a...
Undeclared Band of Brothers - Bastogne
In this episode we follow Easy Company's medic Eugene "Doc" Roe as he tries his best to hold his fellows, and himself, together while they deal with a lack of supplies, food, ammo, warm clothing, boots, and morale for weeks in the coldest winter Belgium had ever seen. It's rough.
On the history side of things, we discuss the real Doc Roe, Renee LeMaire and Augusta Chiwy, We sing the praises of Shifty Powers, and learn a little more about Norman Dike.
The Siege of Basogne: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Bastogne
Renee Lemaire: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren%C3%A9e_Lemaire
Augusta Chiwy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augusta_Chiwy
Eugene Roe: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eugene_Roe
AV Club recap: http://www.avclub.com/tvclub/band-brothers-bastogne-204326
Mark Watches 'Bastogne' recap: http://markwatches.net/reviews/2014/05/mark-watches-band-of-brothers-part-6-bastogne/
Best podcast anywhere
The only negative is that there are too few episodes.
I would have loved it if they did three podcasts per episode. Just like the show, I listen to these episodes over and over.
Please a sequal
Long time patron here, relistening and rewatching for like the 3rd or 4th time in tandem. But I love how much heart and truth Jaime gives this series on a personal level. Please no episode by episodes podcast exists for the pacific! You guys should dust off undeclared again!
Band of Brothers review
I also love this series and have read the book along with Major Winter’s and Malarkey’s book. Jamie and Krista did a great job reviewing everything.