In this long awaited work one of the squad’s integral members - and probably its best soldier - reveals his own inside account of fighting as a spearhead of the Screaming Eagles in Normandy, Market Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge.
Jack Womer was originally a member of the 29th Infantry Division and was selected to be part of its elite Ranger battalion. But after a year of grueling training under the eyes of British Commando instructors, the 29th Rangers were suddenly dissolved. Bitterly disappointed, Womer asked for transfer to another elite unit, the Screaming Eagles, where room was found for him among the division’s most miscreant squad of brawlers, drunkards, and goof-offs.
Beginning on June 6, 1944, however, the Filthy Thirteen began proving themselves more a menace to the German Army than they had been to their own officers and the good people of England, embarking on a year-of ferocious combat at the very tip of the Allied advance in Europe.
In this work, with the help of Stephen DeVito, Jack provides an amazingly frank look at close-quarters combat in Europe, as well as the almost surreal experience of dust-bowl-era GI’s entering country after country in their grapple with the Wehrmacht, finally ending up in Hitler’s mountaintop lair in Germany itself.
Throughout his fights, Jack Womer credited his Ranger/Commando training for helping him to survive, even though most of the rest of the Filthy Thirteen did not. And in the end he found the reward he had most coveted all along: being able to return to his fiancée Theresa back in the States.
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By Nick on 27-11-2014
I really enjoyed this book, I have listened to lots of WW2 books, this one wasn't as in depth in the battles but also talked about how he got drafted, living in England, even his English girlfriends, then how they lived as they went through Germany in the final few days of the war.
Lots of shorter anecdotes, kept u listening and entertained for the whole book.
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By Matthew on 20-01-2018
An honest, real telling of a WWII experience
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The main thing that I like about this story is the frankness of the author, telling his story as it really happened, including details that you can tell are real because not all reflect positively on his outlook and actions. It also is a great reminder of how the Greatest Generation is getting older and soon there will be very few WWII veterans left. We need to hear their stories and pass them along so that future generations of Americans never forget the sacrifices they made to keep us free. If you are a student of WWII and want to add a vivid, real account of what it was like to fight in some of the major battles of the Western Front to your library, this is must read.
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By Stephen on 26-06-2018
Could not put it down very good
Very good book I was there when listening, I could smell the cordite and hear the gunfire
By Mark on 02-04-2018
If the story and thoughts of this bloke are to be believed, what an ignorant selfish self centred and big headed article. I couldn't even get half way through the book. Complete rubbish and utterly offensive.
Not even an interesting listen, definitely wouldn't recommend for any reason.
I never write reviews but just had to this time.