On July 10, 1943, a unit from Oklahoma composed of Native Americans, Mexican Americans and Dust Bowl cowboys, most of whom couldn't drink together in the same bars back home, landed in Sicily and endured a brutal 500 day trek through Nazi-occupied Europe. This is the story of those men, a group of soldiers known as the Thunderbirds.
Did You Know?
Major General Robert Frederick who is shown as the commanding General of the 45th Infantry Division, was only 37 when he was promoted to Major General. He along with Major General James Gavin who commanded the 82nd Airborne Division were the youngest two star Generals in World War 2. They are nine days different in age. MG Gavin was promoted in November 1944, and MG Frederick was promoted I. December 1944 General Frederick previously commanded the 1st Special Service Force which was a group of Canadian and American soldiers who were dramatized in the movie The Devil's Brigade starring William Holden as then Lieutenant Colonel/Colonel Frederick. Frederick was awarded two Distinguished Service Crosses for his action while operation with that unit. See more