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How Easy Company Became a Band of Brothers is written by Chris Langlois, a Doc Roe grandson, and illustrated by Anneke Helleman. This is a collection of historical events in the life of a band of paratroopers during WWII. These men went from peacetime citizens to becoming an elite team of highly trained soldiers whose work was key to defeating the Nazis. These paratroopers had to learn not only to depend on each other but also to stand alone, in case they were driven off course when landing. The book details their training, including marching up and down Currahee Mountain in the heat and humidity. At Jump School, they had to learn to fold their parachutes because their lives depended on them and to use weapons, including guns and bayonets. These men developed such a bond that they went AWOL from hospitals where they were being treated for injuries to return to their company rather than be assigned elsewhere.
Author Chris Langlois is a descendant of a medic from Easy Company. How Easy Company Became a Band of Brothers is first and foremost a valuable historical account. It also serves as a testament to promote peace, so that no future generation may have to endure such hardships. The book describes prolonged battles in difficult terrain and ends with the difficulties that these men had adapting back to civilian life. Highly recommended to anyone who wants to learn more about WWII or understand the mindset of people who worked together in desperate circumstances to protect each other’s lives.