Me being not the most smartest of the lot, took all into consideration to include that a parachute oval that was on the garage was only worn on a cunt cap in WWII.
The glider badge was still worn on the cunt caps of Airborne units until the early '70's when the maroon beret was issued.
One of the security guards at our school was in the 90th Infantry Division from 1943 to his discharge in 1947. He has an "M-1 Thumb"; and told us about his time after the war as an MP guarding German POWs in Wyoming. However he has been reticent to talk about what he went through in the ETO. I am anxious to get him to talk before it is too late: There are so few men left from this generation who witnessed what we can only read about second hand. All the men in my family who were in WWII are long gone as they were born at the turn of the century.He is past now. I am truely sorry that I did not get to talk to him more. He was in headquarters, G2. Had some great photos!!!!
It is immeasurably better than most historical films out there, but like any other, it suffers from numerous inaccuracies. Most of these don't really detract from the experience, though.
Ambrose's biggest problem as a historian to me was less his plagiarism than his approach to historiography. He prided himself as an oral historian, interviewing the actual participants and distilling their stories into gripping accounts. The problem is, he did far too little to fact-check their recollections, which were often decades out of date. He just let their sometimes contradictory and often inanccurate recollections go unchecked. And the makers of the series did little to correct this.
The most notorious example of this was the treatment of Albert Blithe. I can understand members of his platoon having fuzzy recollections and not knowing what happened to him. I cannot excuse Ambrose's failure to make a simple records check. Even worse was what the miniseries did, since they chose to focus an entire episode, "Carentan", on his "story" without going back and fact-checking it. The result is that most viewers of Band of Brothers know Blithe as the private with hysterical blindness who behaved fairly cowardly and then got himself shot and, as a little subtitle tells us at the end of the episode, died of his wounds.
Master Sergeant Albert Blithe did not die from his wounds in Normandy, but from kidney failure in 1967 after a career in the Army. Not only did he recover from the wound in Normandy, he returned to Easy Company and jumped into Holland. He also served in Korea. He received a Silver Star, 3 Bronze Stars and 3 Purple Hearts.
Mark Bando, the author of at least six books on the 101st Airborne in World War II, has a website on the Screaming Eagles here: http://www.101airborneww2.com/index.html
Under "Band of Brothers" is a pretty good review of the series, praise for what it got right and critique where necessary for things it got wrong (like the annoying use of the same recognition signal days, even weeks, after D-Day).
It was still being worn as late as '88 as far as I know as we had several guys show up wearing them on the cunt cap coming from the 101st.