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Fighting with the Filthy Thirteen: The World War II Story of Jack Womer_Ranger and Paratrooper Hardcover – May 18, 2012
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Womer is certainly in combat. His description of the flight and jump into Normandy is compelling. So too is the confusion on the ground. Units are terribly mixed up and operating in unfamiliar territory in the dark led to many costly clashes with the Germans. Womer's exploits are quite extraordinary and he puts his survival down to his intense Ranger training at the hands of battle-hardened British Commandoes. Strangely, the level of description here is not repeated for the latter battle of Carentan, or for the campaigns that followed. Womer does write of those battles and personal stories are certainly provided but not to the same level. The awful cost and nature of war is very evident though. Womer is toughened by it too.
The book's title makes reference to the Filthy Thirteen, which was a section in the 506th's demolition platoon. Their job was to operate specialist equipment like flame-throwers and also to use explosives to attack and clear enemy emplacements. Being part of the 506th's HQ, they were assigned to the regiments battalions as needed. The Filthy Thirteen was notorious for its hard living and fighting (and non-bathing) ways and was apparently an inspiration for the film the Dirty Dozen.Read more ›
Jack Womer was drafted into the army in his mid-twenties and after going through hellish training with British Commandos he qualified as a ranger. As soon as he qualified however, the outfit he was in was disbanded! He decided the join the 101st Airborne and after a rather quick succession of qualifying jumps he got his wings and joined the Filthy Thirteen. He fought in all of the major campaigns his outfit was involved in (d-day, Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge), he even had to fight after the war was over!
Jack sees a lot of combat and though he is in the thick of things, he doesn't explicitly describe his own deeds a lot of the time. If anything, this is probably the product of the fact that this was actually written by Stephen Devito based off of extensive interviews and other resources and with Womer's approval. The latter fact I just mentioned doesn't take away from the book at all, though. I, like a few other reviewers, usually rate these books with an emphasis on the personal revelations on combat and their own roles in the mist of the fighting detailed by the author and thus the 4/5 star rating.
The highlight of the book is Jack's experiences in his 4 years as a part of the military. His exploits and anecdotes are so wide ranging and a lot of times they are a lot of fun! This is definitely one of the few memoirs where I found myself laughing out loud!Read more ›
I don’t think he should worry about any of us forgetting him or his generation. His book is the kind that will be read a hundred years from now because it is an uncommonly good read.
The author first starts off in the 29th Infantry Division in a musical. Yes, a musical, but Pearl Harbor ended that recruiting technique.
He then volunteers for extremely dangerous work as an Army Ranger. Sadly the 29th disbanded this highly technical unit before D-Day. The author volunteered for the 101st Airborne.
Ironically, a non-drinking man who does not smoke, is attached to the demolition unit known as The Filthy Thirteen. He was the only man in his unit who didn’t shave his hair into a Mohawk and paint himself like an “Indian” before the assault on Normandy.
His descriptions of his actions in Normandy are excellent as are his descriptions of every other battle the 101st experienced in the war.
In particularly I enjoyed reading about how he used his training as a Ranger to rescue a large number of paratroopers who landed in a swampy area of Normandy. Many readers may not know the Germans flooded the region in hopes of slowing down vehicles and killing paratroopers.
I truly enjoyed this book. I learned a lot of things I didn’t know. And even had a laugh when the author described how he parachuted with a flame thrower during a training exercise. He never carried one in combat but had a lot of fun with in training.
However, if you want to learn more about paratroopers in World War Two, I would strongly suggest reading the entire four book series written by Don Burgett.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a very interesting and well written book . I had already read the book The Filthy Thirteen by Jake McNiece and it was great to hear the adventures of another heroic member... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Kind of repetitive; like several things said over again in multiple places to fill pages. May be owed to just how the stories were told but the editing should have caught some of... Read morePublished 2 months ago by T. Marion
This is one of the finest world war 2 books I've ever read. The man spoke of fear, love of his men and of his country. It is very detailed from beginning to end. Read morePublished 3 months ago
Zeer goed boek, dat gemakkelijk leest en je meeneemt met J.Womer naar de grote slagvelden van Wo2. Gespekt met persoonlijke anekdotes
This book, written by a paratrooper of WWII is a vivid reminder of how much they suffered and did for us in the United States. It is also about a man who lived amongst us. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Walter W. Olson, Ph.D, P.E.
I love this book and Jack Womer was my uncle Howard uncle and I remember meeting him or uncle Jack when I was very little and I remember all the fun crab feasts and us all steaming... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Johnny124
A good read on a draftee who later volunteered for the Rangers and than the demolition unit within the 506th PIR known as the Filthy 13. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Phillytown