On D-Day, 1LT Dick Winters led an assault on four German 105mm artillery pieces. The guns, located at Brecourt Manor, were in the position to fire on the American troops coming ashore at Utah Beach. 

The assault on the gun positions saved countless lives on the beach, was recognized as a textbook assault on a fixed position, and was used at the U.S. military academy at West Point as a case study. Winters was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his actions. 

The assault is a classic case of superb small unit tactics and leadership by Dick Winters, 2LT Buck Compton, and the NCOs.

Most of us have seen Band of Brothers. The second episode Day of Days showcased the 101st Airborne’s combat jump into Normandy at the outset of D-Day.