D-Day Normandy Landings
On the 6th June , 1944 no fewer than 4000 ships landed 133,000 assault
troops on the beaches of Normandy. A further 23,000 parachuted in, whilst
Allied aircraft flew 14,000 sorties on that historic day. By the end of
August 200,000 seamen had transported two million troops across to France.
It was the greatest and most successful Military invasion in history,
which led to the downfall of Hitler’s Germany, and the end of the
war in Europe.
Robert Taylor’s restricted edition print is signed by the artist
and Brigadier Stanier, who commanded 231 Brigade of the 50(N) Division
who landed on the beaches east of Asnelles-sur-Mer. After heavy fighting
they liberated the town of Arromanches and fought their way through to
become the first British troops to link up with the United States Army,
who had landed on Omaha Beach.
Robert Taylor’s portrayal captures the very essence of that herculean
battle on the first day. The painting contains over 30 craft of all types
and is dominated by one of the many large transport ships, lowering her
landing craft under bombardment from shore batteries. Barrage balloons
flying, this massive fleet sailed into the teeth of the German defences,
to land its invasion forces against all odds.
This powerful marine print is possibly the only one available signed by
one of the actual Divisional Commanders who landed on D-Day.
Each print also carries two small prints of pencil ‘remarque’
drawings on the tint border, depicting a DC3 Dakota dropping paratroops,
and a patrolling Spitfire
Overall print size 24"wide x 20" high
Signed by Robert Taylor and Brigadier Sir Alex Stanier BT, DSO, MC
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