Stick 21

Robert Taylor

 

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Stick 21 Robert Taylor

At 23.45 on the night of 5 June 1944, the 101st Airborne’s most legendary unit 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 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’.

Robert Taylor’s classic drawing, part of 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 before the D-Day sea-borne landings commence. The pilots of the 440th Troop Carrier Group struggle to keep their Dakotas level as deadly flak pummels the formation. These prints in this new limited edition are signed by some of the Airborne Division’s most respected veterans, including Jake McNiece, unofficial leader of ‘The Filthy Thirteen’, and James Megellas, the most highly decorated officer in the 82nd Airborne.

 

PRINT DETAILS

THE LIMITED EDITION

Each print in every edition is personally signed by two of the original ‘Filthy Thirteen’, together with artist Robert Taylor.

SGT 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.

PVT JACK ‘HAWKEYE’ WOMER
Joining the ‘Filthy Thirteen’ before D-Day he was the best shot in the unit. Separated on the D-Day drop he initially fought alongside the 501st PIR before being reunited with his company.

THE U.S. AIRBORNE DIVISIONS 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 Divisions this TEN signature edition is additionally signed by the following veterans who served with the 82nd & 101st Airborne Divisions:

THE U.S. AIRBORNE DIVISIONS EDITION SIGNATORIES

Sergeant Jake ‘McNasty’ McNiece Private First Class Jack ‘Hawkeye’ Wormer
Lieutenant Colonel James Megallas Sergeant Bob Bearden
Sergeant Milton Schlesener Corporal Bill Maynard
Sergeant Ed Tipper Sergeant Bill True
Colonel Ed Shames Corporal Herb Suerth

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 26¾” wide x 20¼” high Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

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PRINT PRICES

Limited Edition Print
UK £100.00 Edition Size - 225

The US Airborne Edition
UK £160.00 Edition Size - 145

 

 

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