June 13, 1944: The paratroopers of E-Company, 506th P.I.R., have never seen a fight like this one. When the 101st Airborne set out that morning to clear the Germans from around Carentan, they unknowingly advanced into a massive enemy counterattack. Tanks, Panzergrenadiers, and Fallschirmjägers hit the American lines in waves. Easy's left flank folded. Elite American troops were on the verge of routing and the enemy was within a quarter-mile of Carentan.
That's when Lt. Richard Winters went from man to man, urging Easy to "pour it on." Now, their fortitude is rewarded. Sherman tanks roll forward with infantry on their heels. The 2nd Armored Division is here; Easy Company held just long enough. "The Battle of Bloody Gulch" will conclude swiftly and Winters will point to this day as Easy's finest hour.