Scenes of the awarded series (Emmy and Golden Globe awards in 2001 for best miniseries) are used at the British Army's initial officer training centre, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), commonly known simply as Sandhurst, and at West Point, the United States Military Academy (USMA). 

As Hannah Furness, The Telegraph's journalist, reported "when undergoing the officer training for the British Army, one might be expected to go through rigorous lectures, gruelling drills, and early wake up calls, but the trainees at Sandhurst are also offered a rather more unusual learning tool: watching Band of Brothers."

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Damian Lewis, the British actor who is featured as Major Richard "Dick" Winters, spoke passionately about Band of Brothers. He said pivotal scenes from Band of Brothers are studied at Sandhurst and its US counterpart West Point. He is the central character to tie the story together, leading the cast for most of the episodes.

Lewis said he was "unbelievably proud" to have appeared in series, which is still influencing combat around the world.

His character, Richard Winters, was a pioneer of modern leadership in the armed forces, with his role in the Normandy Landings of the Second World War studied as an example of triumph over overwhelming enemy forces.

First Lt Winters successfully led his parachute regiment in the assault of Brécourt Manors to destroy a German battalion.

Lewis, who consulted with 'Dick' Winters and underwent two weeks of boot camp before shooting Band of Brothers, said the programme has now become a "motivational tool" for armies across the world.

"Very quickly I think what happened is it got taken up by the armed forces," he said. 

"Very quickly we were in Afghanistan, Pakistan and two years later we were in Iraq. I then found myself being approached by soldiers all over the world.

"It became very clear that Band of Brothers had become a motivational tool, and morale tool, a piece of propaganda, and that every single member of the armed forces, British and American, were watching it wherever they were in the world.

"And it still goes on. That action that Dick Winters undergoes on the very first morning of D-Day at 7 o'clock, with a small group of men against a much larger enemy force, is used at Sandhurst and is used at West Point. (via) 

This series dramatizes the history of the "Easy" Company (part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division) from jump training in the United States through its participation in major actions in Europe, and up until Japan's capitulation and war's end.


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