A New Edition in the Robert Taylor Graphite Collection!Description:
At 23.45 on the night of 5 June 1944, the 101st Airborne’s most legendary squad of combat paratroopers – the notorious ‘Filthy Thirteen’ – jumped into France near the village of Ste Mère Église, in the final hours before the D-Day landings.
They were the Screaming Eagles’ most notorious unit. A small bunch of raw, tough, ruthless young men, mostly from the Dustbowl, with scant regard for authority. These men had withstood the worst that the Depression could throw at them. Hard drinking and savage fighting - and that was only in training – they were never ones to salute an officer, clean their uniforms, or have a regular bath. Officially they were the First Demolition Squadron, HQ Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne. Unofficially they were the ‘Filthy Thirteen’.
And if the reputation of this unique bunch of renegades within the ranks of the 101st was formidable, for the Germans it became one of sheer terror. Because, for the ‘Filthy Thirteen’, anything not directly concerned with killing the enemy was irrelevant. Theirs was a story so bizarre that it became the inspiration for the Hollywood war film ‘The Dirty Dozen’.
Robert Taylor’s classic new Master Drawing, the latest in his Graphite Collection, captures the moment on the night of 5 June 1944 when the 101st Airborne’s legendary squad of elite paratroopers jump into battle in the vital hours before the D-Day sea-borne landings commence. The pilots of the 440th Troop Carrier Group struggle to keep their Dakotas level as deadly flak pummels the formation.Signatures:Limited Edition & Artist's Proof (2 signatures)
:Sergeant JAKE ‘McNASTY’ McNIECE - The unofficial leader of the ‘Filthy Thirteen’, Jake McNiece was the inspiration for the ‘Mohawk’ haircuts and war paint that the men wore on D-Day. He survived four combat jumps during WW II, the average was 1½. After Normandy, he jumped during Operation Market Garden, and again in the Battle of the Bulge. His final combat jump came in February 1945 against the Siegfried Line.
Private First Class JACK ‘HAWKEYE’ WORMER - Tagged ‘Hawkeye’, Jack was the best shot in the unit. As a Ranger he had trained with the British Commandos before joining the ‘Filthy Thirteen’ before D-Day. Separated from the others on landing he initially fought alongside the 501st PIR before being reunited his squad, with whom he fought for the rest of the war.
US Airborne Divisions Edition (10 signatures): Contains the two above plus:
From the 82nd Airborne – ‘All American’
Lieutenant Colonel JAMES ‘MAGGIE’ MEGALLAS - Commander of H Company, 3rd Battallion, 504th PIR, ‘Maggie’ Megallas was the most decorated officer in the 82nd Airborne Division. After serving in Italy, where he was twice wounded, Megallas fought in Normandy before taking part in Operation Market Garden where he led his company across crossing the River Waal near Nijmegan. For bravery he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest gallantry award possible. He fought with great distinction in the Battle of the Bulge, and on 28 January, whilst advancing into the town of Herresbach, his company succeeded in killing and capturing a large number of Germans. He single handedly destroyed a German tank with grenades before they seized the town, without losing a man. He was nominated for the Medal of Honor, but the account was never included in the official report.
Sergeant BOB BEARDEN - Leader of H Company mortar squad, 507th PIR, attached to the 82nd Airborne.
Sergeant MILTON SCHLESENER - Milton Schlesener served with D Company, 505th PIR, 82nd Airborne.
From the 101st Airborne - ‘The Screaming Eagles’
Corporal BILL MAYNARD - Easy Company
Colonel ED SHAMES - Easy Company
Sergeant ED TIPPER - Easy Company
Corporal HERB SUETH - Easy Company
Sergeant BILL TRUE - Fox Company