By Stephen E. Ambrose
Nearly as good a rifle corporation as any on the earth, effortless corporation, 506th Airborne department, U.S. military, stored getting the cruel assignments -- answerable for every thing from parachuting into France early D-Day morning to the catch of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden.
In Band of Brothers, Ambrose tells of the lads during this courageous unit who fought, went hungry, iced up, and died, a firm that took one hundred fifty percentage casualties and thought of the crimson center a badge of place of work. Drawing on hours of interviews with survivors in addition to the soldiers' journals and letters, Stephen Ambrose recounts the tales, usually within the men's personal phrases, of those American heroes.
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In light of the capture of Salonika, the commander of the group, General Maitland Wilson, decided that a defense in the of Greece's northwestern frontier was futile. Instead, he would set up his main defensive line in an arc extending westward from the Aegean coast near Mount Olympus to the Aliakmon River a position that conceded northern Greece to the Germans hut guarded the main approaches to Athens. To delay the German onslaught, Wilson deployed a rear guard on — the panzers' route of advance, ninety miles southwest of the Metaxas Line, and supported it with squadrons of the British Royal Air Force based south of his main line of defense.