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The Filthy Thirteen: From the Dustbowl to Hitler's Eagle's Nest :The True Story of the101st Airborne's Most Legendary Squad of Combat Paratroopers

Richard Killblane; Jake McNiece

Verlag: Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors, 2003
ISBN 10: 1932033122 / ISBN 13: 9781932033120
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Titel: The Filthy Thirteen: From the Dustbowl to ...

Verlag: Casemate Publishers and Book Distributors

Erscheinungsdatum: 2003

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Since World War II, the American public has become fully aware of the exploits of the 101st Airbone Division, the paratroopers who led the Allied invasions into Nazi-held Europe. But within the ranks of the 101st, a sub-unit attained legendary stauts at the time, its reputation persisting among veterans over the decades. Primarily products of the Dustbowl and the Depression, the Filthy 13 grew notorious, even within the ranks of the elite 101st. Never ones to salute an officer, or take a bath, this squad became singular within the Screaming Eagles for its hard drinking, and savage fighting skill-and that was only in training. Just prior to the invasion of Normandy, a "Stars and Stripes" photographer caught U.S. paratroopers with heads shaved into Mohawks, applying warpaint to their faces. Unknown to the American public at the time, these men were the Filthy13. After parachuting behind enemy lines in the dark hours before D-Day, the Germans got a taste of the reckless courage of this unit - exceptnow the men were fighting with Tommy guns and explosives, not just bare knuckles. In its spearhead role, the 13 suffered heavy casualities, some men wounded and others blown to bits. By the war 30 men had passed through the squad. Throughout the war, however, the heart and soul of the Filthy 13 remained a survivor named Jake McNiece, half-breed Indian from Oklahoma - the toughest man in the squad and the one who formed its character. McNiece made four combat jumps, was in the forefront of every fight in northern Europe, yet somehow never made the rank of PFC. The survivors of the Filthy 13 stayed intact as a unit until the Allies finally conquered Nazi Germany. At war's end the squad occupiedNazi headquarters in the Bavarian Alps, where they accidentally killed nearly all of Herman Goering's prize stable of thoroughbred horses. (They had tried to stage a rodeo.) The book does not draw a new portrait of earnest cit. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_1932033122

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