Welcome to the WWII Forums! Log in or Sign up to interact with the community.

Dirty Dozen?

Discussion in 'WWII Films & TV' started by Gecko, Dec 3, 2007.

  1. Gecko

    Gecko New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 16, 2007
    Messages:
    25
    Likes Received:
    0
    via War44
    Have anyone seen the movie of the Dirty Dozen.

    It is Telly Sevalas and Lee Marvin that stars in them, together with a lot to be famous actors....

    Basically it is death row soldiers that are give a chance to have their sentence lifted by conducting a suicide mission, if they make it out a live with all objectives accomplished they will be freed.

    Were there really missions like this in the war? I have read Sven Hassels books, cant remember if I spelled the name right, where they had prisoners joining back in the frontline, but they were always sent on highly dangerous missions.

    Was there more than one Dirty Dozen movie? I can vaguely remember one or two more, but I am not sure, might mix Kelly's Heroes in....
     
  2. Dave War44

    Dave War44 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2006
    Messages:
    483
    Likes Received:
    0
    via War44
    Gotta love this great fun movie, adapted from a novel, but too far-fetched to have any grounding in reality. Right ?
    Well, sort of.

    Read this: The Filthy Thirteen
    Turns out they were a particularly hard-nosed unit of the Screaming Eagles....

    [​IMG]

    Looks like a great book this also...
    The Filthy Thirteen BOOK
    But don't buy it from Amazon they are crap:lol:
     
  3. Jim

    Jim New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2006
    Messages:
    3,324
    Likes Received:
    12
    via War44
    These soldiers actually frightened the daylights out of the Germans, they had seen nothing like it. Imagine a Mohican attacking you in the hours of darkness, :cry:
     
  4. Dave War44

    Dave War44 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2006
    Messages:
    483
    Likes Received:
    0
    via War44
    Good link for Tarantino's take on the film, to be called "Inglorious Bast@rds" or maybe "Once upon a time in Nazi Occupied France"....

    Inglorious Bast_rds
     
  5. Jim

    Jim New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2006
    Messages:
    3,324
    Likes Received:
    12
    via War44
    Aye i have a lot of time for Tarantino's talent, and he probably isn't everyone's cup of tea in the business but i ain't going to knock it before the release. I just await with baited breath.. :happy:
     
  6. Kelly War44

    Kelly War44 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2006
    Messages:
    249
    Likes Received:
    0
    via War44
    I'm sure Peckinpah could've made this well:thumb:
     
  7. Jim

    Jim New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2006
    Messages:
    3,324
    Likes Received:
    12
    via War44
    I found this little chapter in a "Word Document" from June 2003, i honestly dont recall why i saved it, i guess i intended at some time to use it, so where better than in this thread. :silly:

    History of the sub-unit within the ranks of the 101st Airborne that attained legendary status, and become notorious. Never ones to salute an officer, or take a bath, this squad became singular within the Screaming Eagles for its hard drinking and savage fighting skill, and that was only in training. In its spearhead role, the 13 suffered heavy casualties and by the end of the war 30 men had passed through the squad. This book describes a group of hardscrabble guys whom any respectable person would be loath to meet in a bar or dark alley. But they were an integral part of the U.S. war against Germany, and to this day the filthy 13 remain a legend within the ranks of the 101st Airborne.


    It may be a synopsis from the inner pages? :eyes:
     
  8. Dave War44

    Dave War44 Member

    Joined:
    Sep 3, 2006
    Messages:
    483
    Likes Received:
    0
    via War44
    Hmm interesting, it reads like part of a review or maybe dust cover notes...
    Time to jump in and buy the thing I reckon. I just drew a blank with eBay which is odd, but will keep trying :thumb:
     
  9. History-buff1944

    History-buff1944 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2012
    Messages:
    525
    Likes Received:
    1
    via War44
    This is yet another all time favorite of mine and probably seen it around 150 or more times. I just recently got a great 8x10 photo from this movie which was signed by Ernest Borgnine and it shows him in a scene with Lee Marvin.

    There were 4 Dirty Dozen movies. Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Richard Jaeckel return in the 2nd movie. The last two made had Telly Savalas return in it this time he played the team leader.
     
  10. History-buff1944

    History-buff1944 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2012
    Messages:
    525
    Likes Received:
    1
    via War44
    The book is excellent. I read it about a year or so ago and as far as I know--Jake McNiece (SP?) is still alive and well.
     

Share This Page