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Larry Alexander is a journalist who used his gift with words to craft an amazing story. Biggest Brother is pages long and focuses primarily on the life of Dick Winters. Alexander wrote the book using a wealth of material that Winters supplied him.
He was 92 and lived in Hershey, Pa. Rising from lieutenant to major, Mr. That day he led 13 of his men in taking out a battery of German gunners that was decimating Allied troops in Carentan, France, shortly after D-Day.
Just as the title implies, the pages are essentially edited transcripts of conversations between the author and Maj. Kingseed, a retired Army colonel and a former chief of military history at West Point with a PhD in history, has written five other books, primarily on the topic of World War II. Conversations with Major Dick Winters offers a more intimate side of Winters, less focused on combat leadership, though it remains a backdrop for everything else discussed.
The Germans had flooded the fields in between and the planned night-time capture of the causeways was vital in ensuring the eventual success of the amphibious landings. The operation did not get under way smoothly, as Allied aircraft were faced by withering flak which forced troops to be dropped far away from the target area. To make matters worse, Winters had lost his weapon during the drop, and 90 per cent of his men were unaccounted for.
His family moved to Ephrata when he was 8, and later to Lancaster. He had a younger sister named Ann. He earned money by cutting grass, and later by working at a grocery store, and finally as a painter of high tension towers for Edison Electric Company.
You must set a good example, be the first one up in the morning and the last to go to bed at night. To accomplish this you must also be like a good father, setting a good example of being up front and visible with the men before an attack and staying with the attack until it is over. When this happens most men will freeze stiff as a board.
He went on to attend Officers Candidate School and become a paratrooper. He was thrust into leadership after his predecessor was killed in action. Winters returned to Central Pennsylvania in via Fort Indiantown Gap, where his parents picked him up and saw him for the first time in three years.