Fighting with the Filthy Thirteen, Jack Womer's book.
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"The Filthy Thirteen” was the most notorious squad in the 101st Airborne Division during World War II (and the inspiration for the movie The Dirty Dozen). Here, one of the squad’s finest soldiers delivers an inside account of fighting as a spearhead of the Screaming Eagles in Normandy, Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge, and beyond.
Jack Womer was originally a member of the 29th Infantry Division and was selected to be part of its elite Ranger battalion. But after a year of training, the 29th Rangers were suddenly dissolved. Bitterly disappointed, Womer asked for transfer to another elite unit, the Screaming Eagles, where room was found for him among the division’s most miscreant squad of brawlers, drunkards and goof-offs. Beginning with D-Day, the Filthy Thirteen began proving themselves more a menace to the Germans than they had been to their own officers and the people of England, embarking on a year of ferocious combat at the very tip of the Allied advance in Europe.
In Fighting With the Filthy Thirteen, Womer offers a frank look at the Thirteen’s journey across the scorched landscape of Europe, from D-Day to Hitler’s mountaintop lair in Germany.
Hardcover, 304 pages, English version.
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