The ‘Band of Brothers’ that comprised Easy Company (as immortalised in Stephen Ambrose’s bestselling book and the celebrated mini-series co-produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks) will forever be remembered for their audacious acts of bravery throughout World War II.For the first time, through an archive of over 400 rare photographs and items of memorabilia - including maps, rosters and diary extracts - together with a 20,000-word original text from company veterans, Genesis Publications presents the history of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne, in an unparalleled signed limited edition book.
Compiled by company historian Jake Powers and providing an outstanding insight into Easy Company, its training and campaigns, the majority of the photographs, maps and artifacts in this edition come from the private collection of Major Richard D Winters.These include a set of photographs Winters acquired from regimental photographer Al Krochka, in return for a German Luger pistol, at the end of the war.
Easy Company contains an original 20,000-word text from company veterans. It features a Foreword by Tom Hanks and an Afterword by Stephen Spielberg.The extensive text contains many previously untold stories and follows the men from their gruelling training in Georgia, North Carolina, and in England, through the physical and mental onslaught of D-Day, to Operation Market Garden in Holland, the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, and the victorious capture of Hitler's alpine fortress, 'The Eagles Nest', in Germany.
Accompanying the photographs are personal recollections of the men of Easy Company, gathered from veterans exclusively for this edition. This 20,000-word original text is accompanied by a Foreword by Tom Hanks and Afterword by Steven Spielberg.Damian Lewis and James Madio - actors who played Richard Winters and Frank Perconte in the Band of Brothers mini-series - also pay tribute to the heroism of the men of Easy Company, emphasising the importance of keeping the memory of these remarkable men alive.
The Collector binding is inspired by the paratroopers' uniform. Each copy is hand-bound by master craftsmen using leather and M1942 jumpsuit material and features a sewn replica 'Screaming Eagle' patch.Photographs are reproduced in full-colour using fine screen lithography and full page varnishing while the title is blocked with gold lettering and pages are gilt-edged for protection. Stitched into the book is a gatefold photograph of Easy Company at full strength, taken just days before they embarked for Europe and D-Day. Also enclosed is an exclusive film of the 2005 Easy Company reunion tour of Europe, all housed neatly in a black cloth-covered slipcase, silk-screened with golden parachutists.
The first 350 copies of the edition are Deluxe copies (numbered 1-350 inclusive). These are bound in full leather with the badge of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment gold-blocked on the cover.Rather than a slipcase, copies are housed in a hard-wearing buckram box screen-printed with the golden parachutists artwork. Inside the box, accompanying the book, is a manila envelope - a faithful reproduction of an official US War and Navy Department V-Mail service envelope. Within the envelope are facsimiles of:
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The veterans' history of Easy Company, 506 PIR, 101 Airborne, as told through their own stories and archival photographs.
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