Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends: Two WWII Paratroopers from the Original Band of Brothers Tell Their Story

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Tom Hanks introduces the rousing story of two inseparable friends and soldiers portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

William "Wild Bill" Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron were among the first paratroopers of the U.S. Army—members of an elite unit of the 101st Airborne Division called Easy Company. Arguably the bravest, most efficient, physically fit, and tight-knit group of soldiers the Army has ever produced, the unit was called upon for every high-risk operation ...

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Overview

Tom Hanks introduces the rousing story of two inseparable friends and soldiers portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

William "Wild Bill" Guarnere and Edward "Babe" Heffron were among the first paratroopers of the U.S. Army—members of an elite unit of the 101st Airborne Division called Easy Company. Arguably the bravest, most efficient, physically fit, and tight-knit group of soldiers the Army has ever produced, the unit was called upon for every high-risk operation of the war, including D-Day, Operation Market Garden in Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, and the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest in Berchtesgaden.

Both fought side-by-side until Guarnere lost his leg in the Battle of the Bulge and was sent home. Heffron went on to liberate concentration camps and rake Hitler's Eagle's Nest hideout. United by their experience, the two reconnected at the war's end and have been the best of friends ever since. Their story is a tribute to the lasting bond forged between comrades in arms—and to all those who fought for freedom.

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"Each of them delivers a relentlessly gripping account highlighting heroism, sacrifice and terrible suffering." —-Kirkus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400135325
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 11/1/2007
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


William "Wild Bill" Guarnere, a U.S. paratrooper during World War II, was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.

Edward "Babe" Heffron, a U.S. paratrooper during World War II, was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

Robyn Post has been a professional journalist for thirteen years.

Reader of over four hundred audiobooks, Dick Hill has won three coveted Audie Awards and been nominated numerous times. He is also the recipient of several AudioFile Earphones Awards. AudioFile includes Dick on their prestigious list of Golden Voices.

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Table of Contents


Foreword Tom Hanks ix Preface xiii Introduction xix
1 Groomed for War on the Streets of South Philly 1
2 Earning Those Coveted Jump Wings 15
3 D-day: Wild Bill's Revenge 58
4 England: Garrison Duty and Piccadilly Lilies 83
5 Holland: Parades, Grenades, and Hell's Highway 103
6 Mourmelon-le-Grand: R & R Interrupted 149
7 Bastogne: Code Word for Hell 156
8 Germany: Now I Know Why We're Here 199
9 Back Home in South Philly 217
10 Back to the Places We Fought 250
11 "Babe, Meet Babe": Band of Brothers Goes to Hollywood 262 Epilogue Band of Brothers Actors Frank John Hughes Robin Laing 275 Acknowledgments 285 Index 287
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