The fall study break is right around the corner, and I for one am looking forward to some quality procrastination time. With papers, exams and presentations looming I should be studying, and so should you. But here I am again, trying to convince you to spend your valuable study time doing something else.
With Remembrance Day right around the corner and part of the study break, now seems like a perfect time to talk about HBO’s miniseries Band of Brothers. Adapted from Stephen E. Ambrose’s book, this miniseries was released way back in 2001. It’s hard to believe that was now thirteen years ago. The series follows Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division. Each episode begins with the veterans themselves talking about their wartime experiences, each remaining anonymous until the final episode when they are revealed. The struggles and the triumphs these men experience are humbling, and an excellent reminder as to how lucky we are.
Band of Brothers follows the men of Easy Company as they are training to get their jump wings at Toccoa, their jump on D-Day which began their journey through Europe and on to the end of the war and the Eagle`s Nest, Hitler`s private summer home. Each of the ten episodes highlights a specific character at a pivotal moment in their wartime journey. Doc Roe has to cope with the lack of medical supplies and warm clothing, treating the men for frostbite and rationing morphine, First Sergeant Lipton must hold the unit together when strong leadership is lacking, and when Lieutenant Winters gets promoted to Captain he must come to terms with Easy being passed on to less competent men.
Watching this series has become a fall tradition, one I look forward to every year. It is near and dear to my heart, and I cannot think of a single criticism. Each year I watch it is like the first time. I know what is going to happen but I cannot help being on the edge of my seat, rooting for the men of Easy Company and crossing my fingers that they all make it out alive. This is not the case, and my heart goes out to those who fought, those that lost their lives, and those that survived. One of my favorite quotes from Major Winters is when he talks about a question his grandson asked him, “Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?” Grandpa said “No, but I served in a company of heroes.” So if you have a few hours, take the time to watch this series, and remember.
As a self-proclaimed procrastinator I look for any opportunity to avoid doing my school work. These are my diversions, maybe they’ll be yours too! If you have any recommendations feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.