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ASSAULT ON OMAHA BEACH
By Simon Smith

ASSAULT ON OMAHA BEACH by SIMON SMITH - D Day


THE COMMEMORATIVE LIMITED EDITION BOOK AND PRINT PORTFOLIO


Charging into a blizzard of unyielding machine-gun and mortar fire, elements of the 29th Infantry Division lead the assault on Omaha Beach, 6 June 1944. The scene at the water’s edge is one of chaos and bloody carnage as the heavily laden troops begin the 200 yard rush across the bullet-swept sands of what would later be known as ‘Bloody’ Omaha.

This outstanding FIVE signature Limited Edition Anniversary Portfolio includes the print Assault on Omaha Beach, individually numbered and signed by the artist and two veterans that fought with the 29th Infantry Division in the first wave on D-Day.

Private DON McCARTHY
Was forced to swim ashore in the first wave with the 116th Infantry Division after his Landing Craft was hit.

Private 1st Class NORMAN GROSSMAN
Fought his way off the beach with the 116th Infantry Division but severely wounded during the assault on St Lô.

Accompanying each print is a matching numbered limited edition copy of the book Overlord, presented in a superb luxury embossed slipcase and personally signed by a further three veterans who fought on
D-Day (see Overlord book description at bottom of this page)

Warrant Officer REX STATHAM
A Flight Engineer on Halifaxes with 158 Sqn, he flew bombing missions to Caen on D-Day.

Warrant Officer RON BROWN
A Flight Engineer on Stirlings with 218 Sqn, he towed a glider into Normandy on D-Day.

Corporal GEORGE NEWTON
Jumped on D-Day with 9 Para to attack the Merville Gun Battery, he fought in the Battle of the Bulge and Operation Varsity.

The 29th Infantry Division suffered massive casualties during their assault on Omaha Beach, so to release an edition that is personally signed by two veterans that fought in the first wave, is a simply remarkable achievement and we feel privileged to offer this historic piece to collectors.

THE LIMITED EDITION with Five signatures
450 Limited Edition
25 Artist Proofs


THE 70th ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS

70th Anniversary Overlord

With all the components of the Limited Edition, each book contains three bookplates that between them are personally autographed by a further sixty five veterans who fought on D-Day and the invasion of Normandy, creating an unprecedented SEVENTY signature portfolio.

From Easy Company and 82nd Airborne Paratroopers to Landing Craftsmen, Fighter Pilots and British Infantry - this edition is a living historical account of ‘the greatest military invasion in history’.

THE 70th ANNIVERSARY REMARQUES
Each copy of Assault on Omaha Beach will be issued with one of Simon Smith’s exquisite original pencil remarques, hand drawn in the lower margin of the print and these will undoubtedly be oversubscribed quickly so please contact us as soon as possible for availability or to be included in the allocation.

THE 70th ANNIVERSARY EDITION with Seventy signatures
Includes a signed copy of the Limited Edition print Assault on Omaha Beach with a signed, matching-numbered copy of the book Overlord, together with three multi-signed bookplates and slipcase.
70 Anniversary Edition
20 Anniversary Edition Remarques

THE D-DAY TRIBUTE EDITION

D-Day Tribute

With all the components of the 70th Anniversary Edition, each set is accompanied by a unique ORIGINAL pencil drawing specially created for this release by artist Simon Smith. Each drawing is personally signed by the legendary member of the ‘Filthy Thirteen’, Jake McNiece and is conservation matted to include the original signatures of a further nine veterans that played an integral part in the D-Day Invasion creating a historic EIGHTY signature Edition:

Sergeant JAKE McNIECE BSM*** PH*
Unofficial leader of the ‘Filthy Thirteen’ he survived four combat jumps during WWII.

Field Marshal Baron RICHARD CARVER GCB CBE DSO* MC
Commander of the 4th Armoured Brigade in Normandy.

Lieutenant General Baron MIKE DONNET CdG CVO DFC
Celebrated D-Day Spitfire Pilot.

Air Commodore PETER BROTHERS CBE DSO DFC*
Highly decorated D-Day Spitfire Ace.

Staff Sergeant PETER BOYLE RAF
Horsa glider pilot who flew Airborne Forces to Pegasus Bridge.

Colonel MAURICE LONG USAAF
Highly respected D-Day P-51 Mustang Ace.


Flight Lieutenant ROY CRANE RAF
Prominent D-Day Typhoon pilot.

Air Vice-Marshal JOHNNIE JOHNSON CB CBE DSO** DFC*
D-Day Spitfire Pilot and highest scoring RAF Ace of WWII.

Brigadier Sir ALEX STANIER BT DSO* MC
Commander of the 231st Infantry Brigade on D-Day.

Corporal BILL MAYNARD
Jumped on D-Day with Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne.

THE D-DAY TRIBUTE EDITION with Eighty signatures
10 D-Day Tribute Edition (with matted original drawing) - £995

OVERLORD – D-DAY AND THE BATTLE FOR NORMANDY

Overlord Commemmorative book

6 June 1944: the date that marked the beginning of the end of the war in north-west Europe, and the day on which the liberation of France began.

Re-live the story of D-Day with this new 128 page book lavishly illustrated with paintings and drawings assembled from the archives of the Military Gallery. We travel through the pre-invasion preparation, the landings themselves, and subsequent battle for control of Normandy as seen through the eyes of the world's leading military and aviation artists, creating a visual masterpiece to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day.

Together with specially commissioned new pieces, these images form an unrivalled anthology of artistic work depicting the events of D-Day. The paintings and drawings included are from the studios of five highly talented artists whose work helps to impart some of the emotion that photographs so often fail to capture:

ROBERT TAYLOR, acknowledged as the world’s premier aviation and maritime artist, leads the way. Also included is the work of ANTHONY SAUNDERS, SIMON SMITH, CHRIS COLLINGWOOD and RICHARD TAYLOR.

These exceptional images help knit together this account of the Allied Invasion of Normandy, creating a visually inspiring masterpiece.

OVERLORD – D-DAY AND THE BATTLE FOR NORMANDY

128 page hard back case-bound book. Overall size approx: 9½ x 12 inches

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