Over 400 photographs and items of memorabilia have been assembled by Genesis Publications for Easy Company, 506th PIR, In Photographs; a unique historical document of one of the most revered Allied companies of World War II.
“Call any one of those veteran soldiers, sailors or airmen by the term ‘hero’ and they will look away. None of them will claim that status for themselves… Let’s keep that term to ourselves and be content to flip through the pages of this book, seeing for ourselves in story after story, photo after photo, what heroes look like,” From the foreword by Tom Hanks.
Gathering as civilian volunteers at Camp Toccoa, the men of Company E, of the 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, could not have foreseen the triumphs and tragedies that would befall them as members of the United States Army during World War II. Now for the first time, over 400 period photographs – many unseen and previously unpublished, a great many taken by the soldiers of Easy Company themselves – have been collated and presented within a single volume. Historical memorabilia and artifacts are also included throughout Easy Company, 506th PIR, In Photographs the latest signed, limited edition of only 1,000 copies, from Genesis Publications.
This unprecedented archive of photographs and memorabilia – both in colour and black & white – is accompanied by 20,000 words from original interviews with the surviving veteran soldiers of Easy Company, alongside diary entries and extracts, with a beautifully poignant foreword from Tom Hanks and an afterword by James Madio. With many images taken from Major Richard Winters’ personal collection, and limited to only 1,000 hand-bound, numbered, signed copies, Easy Company, 506th PIR, In Photographs is a truly remarkable testament to the bravery and valour of a company of heroes.
The men of Easy Company were united by more than a shared cause. The gruelling training they endured in Georgia, North Carolina and England paled in comparison to the physical and mental onslaught of D-Day and the battles beyond. From Normandy, to Operation Market Garden in Holland, to the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium, to the victorious capture of Hitler’s alpine fortress, ‘The Eagles Nest’, in Germany, the exploits of the men of Easy Company are truly awe-inspiring. Their incredible journey engendered a special bond; and it is this brotherhood -documented in Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers and the Spielberg/Hanks much-celebrated TV mini-series of the same name – that has fascinated all those who have encountered it.