The dog tags of two members of the notorious WWII unit dubbed the “Band of Brothers” by the epic 2001 Tom Hanks-HBO miniseries, have been found in a dig in England.
The Emmy-winning miniseries, based on Stephen E. Ambrose’s 1992 book, followed the World War II experiences of Easy Company of the 101st Airborne Division, which was formed in Aldbourne, Wiltshire, England , after being organized in the United States.
Dog tags were unearthed where paratroopers were stationed before they entered the battle to liberate France in June 1944, Deadline reported.
One of the tags belonged to Carl Fenstermaker who served in Dick Winters’ Easy Company. The second tag belonged to Richard A. Blake, who was also a paratrooper in the 101st. They were both discovered by a team led by archaeologist Richard Osgood.
The discovery of the beacons will be part of a documentary by Dan Snow and will be titled, Discover the Band of Brothers awhich is set to premiere on History Hit, owned by Little Dot Studios, this month.
“The Second World War is an incredibly important and moving time in history,” Snow said in a statement, “and it is right that we shine a light on those who sacrificed their lives to protect their own country and As we celebrate 78 years since D-Day, I’m proud that we’ve found more Band of Brothers soldiers who deserve recognition.
“With the 82nd Airborne, the division dropped over 13,000 troops into occupied France early on June 6, 1944, with the task of blocking German troops from the beaches where sea troops were landing”, The Telegraph reported.
Parachutist Fenstermaker’s grandson Andrew said he was delighted to hear about the find, as Carl never spoke much of his service in World War II.
“I was really excited to hear what was found,” Andrew said. “It’s something I’m thrilled to share with my dad, aunt and uncles, all of his children are still alive so it will mean a lot to them.”
Easy Company fought through the Battle of Normandy and subsequent campaigns until Allied forces retreated from Hitler atop the mountain, The Eagle’s Nest, in the Obersalzberg of the Bavarian Alps near Berchtesgaden, Bavaria, in Germany. After rumors that the company was heading to Japan, Easy Co. was sent home at the end of its service.
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