Monument on the commune of Brévands dedicated to the 101st Airborne and the Filthy 13 tasked with securing and destroying certain bridges over the Douve near Brévands.
The Filthy Thirteen was the name given to the 1st Demolition Section of the Regimental Command Company of the 506th PIR of the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army, which took part in the European campaign of the World War II. This unit was the inspiration for the book and subsequent film The Dirty Dozen .
The 1st Demolition Section was assigned and trained as saboteurs to destroy targets behind enemy lines .The unit earned the nickname Filthy Thirteen while living in barracks at Nissen, England. A 13-strong section of saboteurs reportedly refused to wash for a week. During the invasion of Normandy in June 1944, the group was dropped by aircraft of the 440th Troop Carrier Group of the US Air Force, they were tasked with securing or destroying bridges spanning the River Douve . Half were killed, wounded or captured in the jump, but the others led by Jake McNiece accomplished their mission. The Filthy Thirteen also took part in the capture of Carentan .