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Band of Strangers: A WWII Memoir of the Fighting in Normandy and “the Bulge” with Jim Cullen

Band of Strangers: A WWII Memoir of the Fighting in Normandy and “the Bulge” with Jim Cullen

The story Band of Strangers, a World War Two Memoir of the Battle of the Bulge, was inspired by the events on United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001. It is gripping in its honest depiction of war from the perspective of a young man dropped into the chaos of battle. Nothing was familiar, not even the men on either side of him.

What sets Band of Strangers apart from other World War II stories is that it addresses the unrecognized, but vital, Army Combat Replacements. The author’s squad, 2nd squad, 1st Platoon of the 36th Armored Infantry Regiment were complete strangers who met for the first time on the battlefield. Like the passengers of Flight 93, these men had not trained together, never marched together in formation, never heard company reveille together, never drank together, never learned each other’s strengths nor weaknesses. Despite the fact they were strangers, they knew what they had to do, and they pulled together to get it done.

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