Itís interesting with the
mythos for Co E of the 506th. It really
only exists because of the Ambrose hype.
There is always the talk that
Co E led the way in Normandy. Just by looking stats
if you minus the plane crash there were much less
casualties for Co E than the rest of the Battalion.
Company E was in disarray after everyone on the
plane was lost. They carried the Hq Section for Co
E was lost. This was the men who ran the Company.
The XO Winters went in the plane behind them
otherwise the Company was both deaf and blind
without there Radios and Runners.
The men who died in this plane
3 Radio Operators
The Battalion Runner
Security Detail (4 men)
The Mail Orderly
In the Band of Brothers HBO
series they talk about Co E being the lead Company
for attacks. That was the exact opposite when
looking at the stats. Co D had a much higher rate
for casualties then Co E. The Company was hamstrung
because of the loss of the Hq Section. Co E needed
to fill all of the positions lost in the crash and
that didnít happen until they returned to England.
Interesting too was that
Winters was moved up to Company Commander. Usually
the XO would stay in that position and a new CO
would come in from Hq Co. Thatís not what happened
Much of Ambroseís work from the
beginning was suspect even before he received his
Ph.D. Even men from Co E said that Ambrose wasnít a
big fan of what really happened. Ambrose tried to
change our history not just in WWII but in all of
his works. Ambrose along with Galloway has
distorted our collective history. There will be an
article about both Ambrose and Galloway down the
December 15, 2018