Special Sub-Topic: "Band of Brothers": We Stand Alone Together, Pt.2
|What were the two code words that the American soldiers used to identify themselves?|
Flash, Thunder & Flash Thunder & Flash and Thunder & Thunder and Flash. If you would hear something and didn't know if it was a German or an American you would yell "Flash". It it yelled "Thunder" back, you would know it was an American. If you heard no reply, you would start shooting. 1st Lt. Frederick T. 'Moose' Heyliger, who took over for Captain Winters in Easy company, was shot by a nervous sentry because he didn't say thunder fast enough.
|What beach were the four 105 mm cannons firing onto?|
Utah. The 105's were zeroed in on Utah beach giving the landing forces a heck of a time trying to gain ground on the beach.
|How far away from the beach were the 105 mm guns?|
3 miles. These guns have an extraordinary range as well as accuracy.
|What was the name of the farm that the 105's were shooting from?|
Brecourt Manor & Brécourt Manor. The Allied Forces thought they new where every hill, hedge row and building were in Normandy, as well as the German Forces. These 105 mm guns at Brecourt Manor were unknown to the Allies Forces and needed to be taken out.
|After 33 days in Normandy, how many men had Easy Company lost?|
65. After the 33 days in Normandy, Easy and the 101st Airborne returned to England to heal their wounds. Soon they would be off to Holland, and take part in Operation Market Garden.
|Who traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland to get tattoos?|
Martin and Guarnere & Guarnere and Martin. They thought that because Easy Company lost 50% of their men in the first 33 days, they would not be going home alive, so why not get a tattoo?
|How many holes did James Alley have in his body after he got hit with a German grenade?|
32. James Alley heard the words "live grenade" and realized that it was a grenade that had just hit his helmet. He turned his head but couldn't get far enough away before it blew apart the left side of his body. Alley survived.
|What was the nickname of the road that Easy crossed going from Holland to the Rhine River?|
Hell's Highway & Hells Highway. Hell's Highway stretched from Eindhoven, through Nijmegen, to Arnhem.
|How many men from Easy Company lost their lives in Holland?|
9. Easy Company would soon see much more carnage in the Battle of the Bulge.
|The Battle of the Bulge was the largest engagement in the history of the US Army.|
t. Easy Company and the 101st Airborne got the tar beaten out of them at the Bulge. General Patton and his 3rd Army Division came and helped break through the German line. If you ask anybody from Easy or the 101st, they didn't need to be rescued.
|How many U.S. soldiers fought in the Battle of the Bulge?|
600,000. 600,000 Americans fought gallantly in the Battle of the Bulge, alongside another 140,000+ Allied soldiers.
|What was 1/3 of the casualties due to?|
Frostbite. The winter that the Allied forces spent in Belgium and Holland, especially Bastogne, was the coldest winter on record for that region. Of course when you don't have proper clothing, frostbite is your worst enemy.
|How many men did Easy Company lose in Bastogne?|
15. This number is surprisingly low. It is still a shame that they lost 15 men, but it could have been a lot worse.
|What is the small town in the Bavarian Alps where Hitler's "Eagles' Nest" was located and where Hitler had hoped to make a 'last ditch stand' against the Allied forces?|
Berchtesgaden. This is probably the only town where everyone was a Nazi. This was also the home to Hitler's most prized posession: a private retreat high in the Alps called "The Eagles' Nest".
|What happened on November 30, 1945?|
Easy Company no longer existed. After the war ended, Easy Company no longer existed. However, it still exists in the hearts of the men of Easy Company.
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