• The Blue Boar Aldbourne Wiltshire

'Easy' Company and the Blue Boar

101 Airborne Easy CompanyDuring the Second World War the village was home before and after D-Day to men of America's 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. One company in particular became famous when the story of Easy Company was published in 1992 by author Stephen Ambrose, under the title "Band of Brothers". The Blue Boar became, effectively, the officers mess and was off-limits to the enlisted men. When there were no officers were around the enlisted men were allowed in by the owners. There were stables behind the pub where some of the men were billeted.

Many American veterans have maintained links with the village and in 1999 the US flag was presented to the village in recognition of the kindness shown to US soldiers. Many veterans and their families visit the village and in particular, the Blue Boar. Inside the pub, there are memorabilia of those that served there country so bravely and evidence of how they made themselves at home, thousands of miles from their families.

The Blue Boar is regularly visited by the Screaming Eagles World War II American soldier living history group. They recreate the look and feel of American soldiers between 1941 and 1945, portraying themselves on the 101st Airborne Division of the period, known as the "Screaming Eagles". The group is a large team of friends with many vehicles, weapons, uniforms and equipment. As a group they focus on 506th PIR Easy Company from the 101st Airborne Division. They provide an authentic reproduction of how a unit of the 101st Airborne would have looked from 1943 to 1945.