Tom Hanks introduces the rousing story of two inseparable friends and soldiers portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.
“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. Arguably the bravest, most
efficient, physically fit, and tight-knit group of soldiers the Army has
ever produced, the 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
Both fought side-by-side-until Guarnere lost his
leg in the Battle of the Bulge and was sent home. Heffron went on to
liberate concentration camps and rake Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest hideout.
United by their experience, the two reconnected at the war’s end and
have been the best of friends ever since. Their story is a tribute to
the lasting bond forged between comrades in arms—and to all those who
fought for freedom. Download and start listening now!