In the year 2000, Emmy Award-winning British actor Damian Lewis was chosen to portray a humble World War II veteran by the name of Dick Winters in a television mini-series called Band of Brothers. The series was based on a book by the same name by author Stephen Ambrose.
Lewis called the television role “more than just an acting job,” but “a defining moment in my life” that provided him “an opportunity to portray a humble man whom I came to admire and respect.”
In the documentary Dick Winters: “Hang Tough,” Damian Lewis lends his voice and thoughts to a film honoring one of World War II’s finest and most respected combat leaders. Richard D. Winters was a soldier who always led from the front with the well-being of his men his top priority.
From his early days in Ephrata, Pennsylvania, to the famed attack on Brecourt Manor on D-Day, to the dedication on June 6, 2012 of the Richard D. Winters Leadership Monument in Normandy, France, Lewis describes the process with which Dick Winters prepared himself to be a leader with heroic results on June 6, 1944 in Normandy.
The Dick Winters legacy in Normandy today is also emphasized.
A never before seen interview with Major Richard Winters is the foundation of the film, as are thoughts of many of the original Men of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne, which Dick Winters commanded in World War II.