They were the Screaming Eagles’ most notorious unit, a small bunch of raw, tough, ruthless young men. Hard drinking and savage fighting – and that was only in training -with scant regard for authority. 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.
Officially they were the First Demolition Squadron, HQ Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne. Unofficially they were the “Filthy Thirteen.”
Superbly crafted in his unique blend of pencil and paint on tinted paper, Robert Taylor’s classic new Master Drawing 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 landings commence. The pilots of the 440th Troop Carrier Group struggle to keep their Dakotas level as deadly flak pummels the formation.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Each print in every edition is personally signed by artist Robert Taylor and two of the original “Filthy Thirteen”:
Sergeant JAKE “MCNASTY” MCNIECE
Private First Class JACK “HAWKEYE” WOMER
THE US AIRBORNE EDITION
These distinguished signatories have signed in tribute to all the men who fought in 1944 with the Airborne Divisions on D-Day and following the Normandy invasion. Commemorating the US Airborne’s Divisions, this TEN signature edition is additionally signed by the following veterans who served with the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions during the Allied Invasion:
Lieutenant Colonel JAMES “MAGGIE” MEGELLAS
Sergeant BOB BEARDEN
Sergeant MILTON SCHLESENER
Private 1st Class BILL MAYNARD
Sergeant ED TIPPER
Sergeant BILL TRUE
First Sergeant FRANK SOBOLESKI
Corporal HERB SUERTH
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