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Band of Brothers leader dies aged 92

11th January 2011

Richard Winters, the World War Two hero who inspired the book and TV series Band of Brothers, has died at the age of 92.

Major Winters, who led the US Army 101st Airborne Division's Easy Company during the D-Day landings in 1944, passed away on January 2nd, but had previously requested that the news be held back until after his funeral.

His heroics were made famous by Stephen E. Ambrose's book Band of Brothers, which charts the history of Easy Company and its battle across Europe in the final stages of World War Two.

Major Winters and his company played a critical role in supporting the landings at Utah Beach, then fought in the famous Battle of the Bulge, helped liberate the Dachau concentration camp and captured Hitler's mountainside hideaway, the Eagle's Nest.

Richard Plepler, co-president of HBO, which produced the adaptation of Band of Brothers, told Reuters that the officer showed humility over the part he played in the conflict.

'He said he was not the hero, but he served in a company of heroes,' Plepler commented.

Edward Heffron, 87, who served under Major Winters, added: 'He was a wonderful officer, a wonderful leader. He had what you needed, guts and brains. He took care of his men, that's very important.'
 

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