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The Filthy Thirteen: From the Dustbowl to Hitler's Eagle's Nest - The True Story of the 101st Airborne's Most Legendary Squad of Combat Paratroopers

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Since World War II, the American public has become fully aware of the exploits of the 101st Airborne Division, the paratroopers who led the Allied invasions into Nazi-held Europe. But within the ranks of the 101st, a sub-unit attained legendary status at the time, its reputation persisting among veterans over the decades. Primarily products of the Dustbowl and the ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 19th 2005 by Casemate Publishers (first published January 1st 2003)
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Jan 15, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
The TRUE story of the Dirty Dozen, not the Hollywood version. Told by the last surviving member and the only man who was with the group through its entirety. A really fascinating look at a small but important piece in a big war. My great-uncle was one of the Filthy Thirteen, Martin "Max" Majewski, and is mentioned throughout the book. So I have a bit of bias in really liking the book - it has given me some fun insight into the secretive side of my family.
Jun 15, 2010 Karie rated it it was amazing
Just finished the Filthy Thirteen. This is the true story by Jake McNiece (the founder of the 13), not the completely inaccurate made up "Dirty Dozen" movie portraying them as criminals or even the article written in the Stars and Stripes claiming they were all lawless Indians. (Jake really was the only one with a reckless behavior attitude) Apparently Jake was approached about making a movie and he said no because he didn't want to make money off of his dead buddies, but Hollywood made a movie ...more
Jun 17, 2009 Jacob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure where to start, but feel that this book deserves for somebody to write a review, so I will be the first. I actually heard this man speak at my middle school more than a decade ago. His story will make you laugh from the beginning. It's about his experiences in the 101st Airborne in World War II. The man was always up to something whether it be aquiring alcohol, fighting, or just being mischevious. His unit was undisciplined according to military peacetime standards, but they did ...more
Gary Peterson
Oct 27, 2009 Gary Peterson rated it really liked it
Its no secret WWII History related books are my favorite and this book is one of the more fun books I have read about WWII. Written from the perspective of Jake McNiece the boss of the Filthy 13, better known to us later generation as the Dirty dozen, he tells the story like your sitting across from him hearing the old war stories. My only complaint is there isn’t enough of the stories but the book had to end. This book is just plain ol’ good stuff!
José Antonio
Si has leído "Hermanos de sangre" de Stephen Ambrose, igual no te entusiasma demasiado este libro. La de Ambrose es la historia de la compañía E del 506 PIR de la 101 División aerotransportada americana en la SGM, una historia de heroísmo y amistad en una unidad de élite sobre todo. Tan buena, que era perfecta para que Spielberg la convirtiera en una obra maestra de la TV. El libro Killblane habla sobre la élite dentro de esa misma unidad de élite, el equipo de demolición del mismo 506 PIR, que ...more
Aug 10, 2011 Grglstr rated it liked it
Shelves: history
I've been on a military history kick in the last few months, from the fall of Rome to the fall of Baghdad. Eventually I may even get around to adding it to Goodreads.

I'm halfway into this book, which is essentially a transcribed interview with Jake McNiece, and I am really enjoying it. It really reads like one of Robert E. Howard's first-person boxing stories. Its uncanny. The drinking. The fighting. The general troublemaking. If Howard hadn't died long before the war, you'd think this was his
May 08, 2013 Kylee rated it it was ok
The Filthy Thirteen book was about Jake enlisting in the war during the Great Depression. Boot camp is the shortest it have ever been and Jake just doesn't believe in anything that they do and wants to do everything his way. All of the Generals have tried everything to get him to listen and learn discipline, but going into the war that way made him accomplish more than most of the paratroopers there. When the war was over after everyone got settled down they began to have reunions every couple ...more
Feb 14, 2013 Dave marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Reading this on an e-reader is slow going and frustrating if you want to read the very frequent footnotes. The footnote links jump to the chapter's footnote section, not the specific note you want to read, forcing you to page through until you find the note you want. A paragraph or two later you'll have another footnote that requires you to start the process over again.
Andy Van Der Plaats
May 18, 2011 Andy Van Der Plaats rated it it was amazing
Finished reading the book and found it to be an excellent read. Author doesn't pull any punches
when he talks about the war, or about the trouble
he had once he tried to return to civilian life.

Chris Morrow
Aug 23, 2014 Chris Morrow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a fan of the movies... :)
A decent read, telling a story about a set of people put into situations we (thankfully) don't have to deal with today as a larger population.
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The only reason I give this 5 stars is because I can't give it 6.
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Richard E. Killblane was raised in Oklahoma where he came to know Jake McNiece. Richard graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1979 and earned his Master of Arts in history from the University of San Diego in 1992. He served as an officer in the infantry and Special Forces and attained the rank of Captain. He is a veteran of Central American counter-insurgency operations and Operation Just ...more
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