Dick Winters, the focal subject of the TV movie series, 'Band of Brothers,' died last week at the age of 92. The announcement of his death was made today due to his request to withhold the news until after his funeral.
I consider Band of Brothers by far and away the greatest war movie ever made. I base this on several factors, mainly the realism of the cinematography and the acting. The series, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, and originally broadcast on HBO in 2001, should be required viewing for all high school students in order for them to understand the sacrifice the soldiers of WWII endured for the cause of freedom we (and Europe) enjoy today.
In addition to the movie series, Winters was also the subject of a book by the same name, written by Stephen Ambrose in 1992. Ambrose also spent a few pages discussing Winters European Theater service in his 1997 classic, Citizen Soldier. Both books are excellent reads, even if you're only mildly interested in WWII history.
The movie, the book and even Dick Winters' own biography demonstrate his uncanny leadership abilities, a trait that is sadly lacking in our modern world, whether it be in politics or in corporate management ranks.
America has truly lost a great man.
You can read his wikipedia bio here.