My latest Brickmania minifig. Another amazing design and outstanding job by Lando (@lando_bkm) and the Print Team at Brickmania.
The minifig is a "filthy thirteen" paratrooper from WWII. He comes with the mohawk and the great, fully printed helmet.
He had to borrow "The Sarge"s M1 carbine since someone didn't get the Perfect Caliber M1 carbine paras restocked (LOL).
, #brickmania #brickarms #perfectcaliber #legowwii #legodday #filthythirteen #mohawk
Headlines are made by men who talk. History is made by men who ACT. ⠀
We live in a decidedly different world simply because otherwise ordinary men chose to be extraordinary in the face of tyranny. ⠀
Let today serve as a reminder of their bravery, sacrifice, and loyalty to the cause of freedom. ⠀
Let is also serve as a reminder that sometimes in life you need to put on the warpaint, spit on your hands and make $hit happen. #dontletthemtameyou
Soldiers, Sailors, and Airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force!
You are about to embark upon the Great Crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the world are upon you. The hope and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Allies and brothers-in-arms on other Fronts, you will bring about the destruction of the German war machine, the elimination of Nazi tyranny over the oppressed peoples of Europe, and security for ourselves in a free world.
Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is will trained, well equipped and battle-hardened. He will fight savagely.
But this is the year 1944! Much has happened since the Nazi triumphs of 1940-41. The United Nations have inflicted upon the Germans great defeats, in open battle, man-to-man. Our air offensive has seriously reduced their strength in the air and their capacity to wage war on the ground. Our Home Fronts have given us an overwhelming superiority in weapons and munitions of war, and placed at our disposal great reserves of trained fighting men. The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to Victory!
I have full confidence in your courage, devotion to duty and skill in battle. We will accept nothing less than full Victory!
The Sacred Spiral shows up today, where I least expect it! 🌀 🇺🇸 The spiral for Native American Indians is symbolic of Life’s Journey. (Just like the Labyrinth). Today as I was exploring the archetype of the warrior and wounded warrior, with a visit to the highlights of Normandy. I walked into Omaha beach and saw this soldiers face and my mouth dropped! I stopped the soldier to inquire further about his choice to paint a spiral on each of his cheeks... what did it mean to him? Why??? He shared a WWII photo and story that I am going to continue to research and include in my growing book! (YES a BOOK now, because not only am I looking at the modern yogi’s journey of life over the ages but seeing the same Archetypes and Symbols crossing across cultures, eras and generations of life.
Scroll through my pics and note the info below! Also please know that we were reverent at the memorial (no selfies) then these amazing soldiers embraced us with their kindness, helmets and weapons! So photos were a given! More @wild.wild.westovers
Life is full of endless surprises and serendipitous moments abound on my journey. 🇺🇸 🌀 “Filthy Thirteen member Clarence Ware applies war paint to Charles Plaudo, June 5, 1944. The idea was McNiece's, to honor his Native American heritage and to energize the men for the danger ahead”. Also: “Photos of the men wearing Indian-style "mohawks" and applying war paint to one another excited the public's interest in this unit. The inspiration for this came from McNiece, who was part Choctaw. During the Normandy Invasion of Europe in June 1944, the group was airdropped with the 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment by aircraft of the 440th Troop Carrier Group of the United States Army Air Forces. They were ordered to secure or destroy the bridges over the Douve River. Half were either killed, wounded or captured on the jump, but the rest led by Jake McNiece accomplished their mission”
So the impetus behind my love of the mohawk came from a photo I saw as a kid of two US Army paratroopers sporting the hawk as a tribute to the Native American heritage of Sergeant Jake McNiece, the leader of the Filthy Thirteen demolition crew that jumped into Normandy, France on the night of June 5, 1944. #101stairborne#paratrooper#Mohawk#filthythirteen
Leader of the Filthy Thirteen Sergeant Jake McNiece, U.S. Army and paratrooper of the 101st Airborne Division. The Filthy Thirteen were an elite demolition unit whose exploits inspired the novel and movie The Dirty Dozen. .
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Taking a break from all the mountain party posts to share this cheeky little number from @benjaminalcock 💚
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Filthy Thirteen Member Clarence Ware Applies War Paint To Charles Plaudo. England, June 5th, 1944.
________________________________________________________ The Filthy Thirteen was the name given to the 1st Demolition Section of the Regimental Headquarters Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, of the US Army, which fought during the European campaign in #WW2 .
________________________________________________________ When the Normandy Invasion began in June 1944, the group was airdropped with the 3rd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment by aircraft of the 440th Troop Carrier Group of the United States Army Air Forces. Their orders were to secure or destroy bridges over the Douve River, near Cherbourg. Half of the members were either killed, wounded or captured on the jump, but the rest led by Jake McNiece accomplished their mission. Most of the 3rd Battalion leadership had been killed on the initial jump so without any contact with the 3rd Battalion, senior officers assumed the battalion had failed its mission and ordered the Air Force to bomb the bridges. The Filthy Thirteen would also participate in the capture of Carentan. ________________________________________________________ In Operation Market Garden, the Demolition Platoon was assigned to defend three bridges over the Dommel River in Eindhoven, in the Netherlands. German bombing of the city killed or wounded half the demolitions men in the platoon, and McNiece was promoted to platoon sergeant of what was left. Jack Womer, another member, took his place as section sergeant. For the rest of the campaign, the demolitions men secured the regimental command post or protected wire-laying details. On one occasion, the survivors of the Demolitions Platoon were assigned as a rifle squad to an understrength company. ________________________________________________________ After Market Garden, McNiece volunteered for the Pathfinders thinking he would never make another combat jump. Pathfinders were paratroopers sent in ahead of the main force to guide them in or guide in resupply drops. Half of the surviving members of the original... CONT⬇️ #wwii#war#filthythirteen
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Jake McNiece (soldier applying face paint to comrade) considered himself "the head troublemaker" of a group of troublemakers. Sergeant McNiece, who ended WWII as First Sergeant McNiece was a part of the original Filthy Thirteen, an unofficial unit within the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. During the invasion of Normandy they blew up a bridge over the Douve River to prevent reinforcements from reaching the front lines. Before the Battle of the Bulge, they were dropped deep in France to perform reconnaissance work. McNiece, who is of Choctaw descent, came up with the idea to shave Mohawks and sport war paint as not only a tribute to his heritage but to energize his men for the danger ahead. McNiece stated, “So I started cutting their hair and I put markings all over their face for camouflage and it looked like a bunch of war paint with Indians.” McNiece ended his service with 4 Bronze Stars, 2 Purple Hearts and later a French Legion of Honour in 2012. McNiece passed away 21JAN2013. #rendezvouswithdestiny#oldabe#screamingeagles#filthythirteen#normandy#operationmarketgarden#battleofthebulge#army#paratroopers#infantry#airbornealltheway#airborne