Tom Hanks introduces the “remarkable” (Publishers Weekly) true story of two inseparable friends and soldiers portrayed in the HBO® miniseries Band of Brothers.
William “Wild Bill” Guarnere and Edward “Babe” Heffron were among the first paratroopers of the U.S. Army—members of an elite unit of the 101st Airborne Division called Easy Company. The crack unit was called upon for every high-risk operation of the war, including D-Day, Operation Market Garden in Holland, the Battle of the Bulge, and the capture of Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden.
In his own words, Guarnere gives a gripping account of D-Day from the paratrooper’s perspective. Both men vividly re-create dropping into Holland to capture the roads and bridges between Eindhoven and Arnhem, known as Hell’s Highway. Through much of 1944 both friends fought side by side—until Guarnere lost his right leg in the Battle of the Bulge and was sent home. Heffron went on to liberate slave labor and concentration camps and capture Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest hideout.
United by their experience, the two reconnected at the war’s end and were inseparable up until their deaths. Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends is a tribute to the lasting bond forged between comrades in arms under fire and to all the brave men who fought fearlessly for freedom.
Praise for Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends
“An irresistible story...relentlessly gripping.”— Kirkus Reviews
“Remarkable...a must-read for anyone who enjoyed Band of Brothers.”— Publishers Weekly
William Guarnere was a United States soldier who faught in World War II with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division. He died in 2014.
Edward Heffron was a United States soldier who faught in World War II with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division. He died in 2013.
Robyn Post is the writer of Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends: Two WWII Paratroopers from the Original Band of Brothers Tell Their Story.