War Paint: The Filthy Thirteen Jump into Normandy

War Paint: The Filthy Thirteen Jump into Normandy by Richard Killblane and Brian Miller and published by Victory Publishing, is a beautiful and comprehensive look into the history of one of the most famous units of WWII, the Filthy Thirteen.

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The Filthy Thirteen were members of the Demolitions Platoon from the 101st Airborne Division’s famous 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment. Under the guidance of Jake McNeice, the Filthy Thirteen gained an infamous reputation for hell-raising and troublemaking and would become the inspiration for the fictional 1967 movie “The Dirty Dozen”.war paint

War Paint: The Filthy Thirteen Jump into Normandy gives the reader a unique in-depth history of the Filthy Thirteen and its members with rare photos obtained directly from the veterans and their families and original wartime cartoons from Filthy Thirteen member Mike Marquez. The book also includes a series of high definition pictures taken from film footage of the Filthy Thirteen preparing for their jump into Normandy. Never before have these images been seen in such amazing clarity and detail.

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One of Mike Marquez’s cartoons

Richard Killblane and Brian Miller do a superb job of recounting the unit’s action filled D-Day jump and subsequent fighting in Normandy, Holland and Bastogne. Drawing on interviews and personal accounts from surviving veterans, Killblane and Miller masterfully paint a vivid and exciting picture of the Filthy Thirteen’s wartime experiences and post-war celebrity status.

War Paint: The Filthy Thirteen Jump into Normandy is a must read for anyone interested in the Filthy Thirteen, the 101st Airborne Division or WWII. Their incredible true story, never recounted before in such detail, is a reminder why the Filthy Thirteen still captures the attention of so many over 70 years later.

Photos via Bob Willis at victoryartgallery.com


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One thought on “War Paint: The Filthy Thirteen Jump into Normandy

  • Bill Getz says:

    Very good. Did not know the background of the “Dirty Dozen” as a true story. You continue to enlighten this generation about little-known stories of WWII that illustrate the ingenuity, guts and patriotism of Americans – in any war.

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