The Arcs Of Fire Gallery
D DAY DROP - 'STICK 21'
by Robert Taylor
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 Sainte Mère Église,
in the final hours before the D-Day landings.
They were the Screaming Eagle's mostnotorious 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 Great 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 Squad, 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 amazing that it reputedly became the inspiration for the Hollywood war movie 'The Dirty Dozen'.
It is fitting therefore that 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 prior to the D-Day sea-borne landings. The pilots of the 404th Troop Carrier Group struggle to keep their Dakotas level as the deadly flak pummels the formation.
These limited edition prints are signed by some of the Airborne Division's most repected veterans, including Jake Mcniece, unofficial leader of the 'Filthy Thirteen', and James Megelias, the most highly decorated officer of the 82nd Airborne.
THE LIMITED EDITIONS
Each print in every edition is signed by two of the original 'Filthy Thirteen'.
With TWO Signatures
Sergeant Jake McNiece First Demolition Squad HQ Coy 506th PIR 101st Airborne
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 WWII, the avarage 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 Wormer First Demolition Squad HQ Coy 506th PIR 101st Airborne
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 jioning the 'Filthy Thirteen' before D-Day. Seperated from the others on landing he initially fought alongside the 501st PIR before being reunited with his squad, with whom he fought for the rest of the war.
225 Limited Edition UK£ 100 / US$ 150
25 Artists Proofs UK£ 130 / US$ 195
THE U.S. AIRBORNE DIVISIONS
Commemorating both the US Airborne Divisions who dropped in Normandy during D-Day. This TEN signature edition is additionally signed by the following veterans who served with the 82nd & 101st Airborne Divisions.
With TEN Signatures
82nd Airborne Insignia
82nd Airborne - 'All American'
Sergeant Milton Schlesener D Company 82nd Airborne
Sergeant Bob Bearden H Company 82nd Airborne
Lieutenant Colonel James Megellas H Company 82nd Airborne
JAMES 'MAGGIE' MEGELLAS
101st Airborne Insignia
101st Airborne - 'The Screaming Eagles'
Corporal Bill Maynard Easy Company 101st Airborne
Sergeant Bill True Fox Company 101st Airborne
Sergeant Ed Tipper Easy Company 101st Airborne
Corporal Herb Suerth Easy Company 101st Airborne
Staff Sergeant Frank Soboleski Easy Company 101st Airborne
145 Airborne Edition UK£ 160 / US$ 245
25 Remarque Edition UK£ 750 / US$ 1125
WAR PAINT AIRBORNE!
Overall Print Size : 26¾" wide x 20¼" high