World War 2

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This research paper is based on the movie "Band of Brothers". The movie describes the epic journey made by a US paratrooper unit of the 101st Airborne division, called "Easy Company" (Easy=5th). The movie is drawn from interviews with survivors of Easy Company, as well as journals and letters, and presents the experiences of these soldiers from the first battle, the D-Day in Normandy, until the capture of the Eagle's Nest (Hitler's hide) in Germany.

In 1944, the US Army would meet its supreme test by invading occupied Europe, led by two of the greatest commanders in history, Dwight P. Eisenhower and George S. Patton Jr. Commander Eisenhower was the person to take charge of the first, and the biggest operation in Europe, the operation Overlord, which was the invasion to the European territory. Eisenhower was a very charismatic personality, "a man of outstanding integrity, and transparent honesty", as he was described by people who worked with him.

Commanding an Allied force called not only for leadership but diplomatic talent and the right temperament and skills. Eisenhower created a strong relationship with the army; he inspired the soldiers to fight with willingness and brave the enemy. Many men had died to qualify Eisenhower for supreme command. At the day before the invasion to Normandy, Eisenhower gave the following message to the Allied Army soldiers: "Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of the Allied expeditionary force: You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade toward which we have shriven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. Good Luck! And lets us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great noble undertaking". General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander. This message marks the beginning of the operations in the European territory.

The invasion to France, called...