Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Soldiers of U.S. E/506 Prepare for Training Jump

The real Band of Brothers, from left to right: Private Carl L. Fenstermaker, Private Roderick "Rod" G. Strohl, Private Forrest "Gutty" L. Guth, and Private Amos "Buck" Taylor. All from Third Platoon, Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (E/506), prepare for a training jump at Camp Toccoa, Georgia, in 1942 (other sources said as Camp Mackall in North Carolina). They're kitted up with dummy 'chutes for the outdoor exit trainer, seen here in the background. Rather than wear the M1942 jump suit, these men are wearing the first pattern (M1938) herringbone twill (HBT) coverall uniform. The use of HBT coverall during training jumps was frequently practiced early in the war by US Army parachute units. "Band of Brothers" co-producer Tom Hanks, speaks eloquently about the nature of heroism: "they would tell you they wouldn't trade [their war experience] for anything, nor would they want to repeat it for the world". But it is the soldiers' personal accounts that really hit home. "Call any of them 'hero', Hanks said, "and they will look away."

Source :
Book "Airborne: The Combat Story of Ed Shames of Easy Company" by Ian Gardner
Book "Screaming Eagles: The 101St Airborne Division from D-day to Desert Storm" by Christopher J. Anderson

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