Behind Hitlers Lines: The True Story of the Only Soldier to Fight for both America and the Soviet Union in World War II by Thomas Happer TaylorAs the twentieth century closed, the veterans of its defining war passed away at a rate of a thousand per day. Fortunately, D-Day paratrooper Joseph Beyrle met author Thomas H. Taylor in time to record Behind Hitlers Lines, the true story of the first American paratrooper to land in Normandy and the only soldier to fight for both the United States and the Soviet Union against Nazi Germany. It is a story of battle, followed by a succession of captures, escapes, recaptures, and re-escapes, then battle once more, in the final months of fighting on the Eastern Front. For these unique experiences, both President Bill Clinton and President Boris Yeltsin honored Joe Beyrle on the fiftieth anniversary of V-E Day. Beyrle did not strive to be a part of history, but history kept visiting him. Twice before the invasion he parachuted into Normandy, bearing gold for the French resistance. D Day resulted in his capture, and he was mistaken for a German line-crosser - a soldier who had, in fact, died in the attempt. Eventually Joe was held under guard at the American embassy in Moscow, suspected of being a Nazi assassin. Fingerprints saved him, confirming that hed been wounded five times, and that he bore a safe-conduct pass written by marshal Zhukov after the Wehrmacht wrested Joe, at gunpoint, from execution by the Gestapo. In the ruins of Warsaw his life was saved again, this time by Polish nuns. Some of Joes story is in his own words - a voice that will be among the last and best we hear firsthand from World War II.
Band Of Brothers. Real footage 101st and 82nd Airborne D Day 6th June 1944
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As well as telling real-life events, the drama series also went behind the mentality of the men who were involved and why they signed up, as well as exploring their change of attitude during, and even after, the war. In , the U. Embedded in this unit was a company of men who landed to fight at the forefront of the war in Europe. The brave men parachuted behind enemy lines in the early hours of D-Day in support of the landings at Utah beach, participated in the liberation of Holland, held the frontline in the Battle of Bulge and were the first to enter Hitler's mountain retreat in Berchtegadan. The American men behind Easy Company came from all walks of life, but many were living in poverty from the Great Depression.
In , HBO—then a still-fledgling cable network that had not yet completely broken through with hits like The Sopranos and Sex and the City —decided to take on its biggest project ever: a massive hour World War II miniseries executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks. The true story of a single paratrooper company making their way through the last year of the war in Europe, Band of Brothers dwarfed other TV dramas of its era with its budget, its cast, its effects, and its extraordinary attention to period detail. The result was one of the most acclaimed World War II dramas ever filmed. Today, in the wake of Game of Thrones , it seems natural for the network to foot the bill for such an epic undertaking, but at the time the amount of money called for was almost unheard of. So, what convinced HBO to put up the money?
To nominate someone else as a Quality Contributor, message the mods. I've watched Band of Brothers through a half dozen times, because I think it's great entertainment. There are a few dimensions of this:. Band of Brothers, in my opinion, is a very entertaining and well produced series, and a great way to give a general audience a basic understanding of the experiences faced by a typical American combat unit operating in the ETO during WWII. It does however, have its issues with both accuracy and how some things are portrayed. So one does have to keep in mind that the shows primary goal is to entertain, not educate.
The Band of Brothers TV series was a resounding success, but it contains several inaccuracies. Sign In Don't have an account?
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Band of Brothers is a American war drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose 's non-fiction book Band of Brothers. The series won Emmy and Golden Globe awards in for best miniseries. The series dramatizes the history of "Easy" Company , 2nd Battalion, th Parachute Infantry Regiment , of the st Airborne Division , from jump training in the United States through its participation in major actions in Europe , up until Japan's capitulation and the war's end. The events are based on Ambrose's research and recorded interviews with Easy Company veterans. The series took literary license , adapting history for dramatic effect and series structure. Some of the men were recorded in contemporary interviews, which viewers see as preludes to several episodes, with the men's real identities revealed in the finale.
Image via Pinterest. Based on the book with the same name by Stephen Ambrose, the show is a dramatized retelling of actual events and follows a group of elite and battle-hardened paratroopers as they fight across Europe, far behind enemy lines, with only each other to rely on. Marines in the Pacific theater of the war. This cast is full of actors who have gone on to become major stars since it came out. Screenshot via YouTube. A video diary by actor Ron Livingston chronicles the multi-step training process the actors underwent to learn how to simulate a jump from an aircraft. First, they jumped from three-foot crates onto sand, and then from ramps.
Editor's note: The Long March will be closed for inventory the month of August. We regret any inconvenience this causes our loyal customers. In an effort to keep you reasonably content and focussed, we are offering re-runs of some of the best columns of the year. We value your custom and hope you will stick around for. True story: When Tom Hanks told me and the other screenwriters of Band of Brothers that he was going to place interviews with the "guys" as we called them in front of our episodes, we all howled what a terrible, awful idea it was. It would make everything that followed look like Hollywood re-enactments, just actors in costumes with toy guns. The interviews gave everything that followed a gravitas, a patina of reality, that drove home in a fashion better than any of our writing could do that this was real life.