Dennis Lyall (American, B. 1946) "Troops Land at Normandy" Signed lower right. Original Oil painting on Canvas board.
Provenance: Collection of James A. Helzer (1946-2008), Founder of Unicover Corporation.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood Commerative Cover for Old Glory's Proudest Moments postmarked on the anniversary June 6, 2002.
Perhaps at no other time is the American flag recognized as an inspiring symbol of freedom than in war. Since the Revolution, Old Glory has proudly flown in battle, instilling courage and pride in the hearts of American troops who have risked their lives for their country. One of the most horrific battles ever faced by U.S. armed forces happened during World War II when Allied forces invaded Normandy. On June 6, 1944 -- D-Day -- some 5,000 ships carrying over 150,000 Allied troops steamed across the blustery English Channel toward the forbidding beaches of Normandy. Invasion forces included the British-Canadian sector on Gold, Juno and Sword beaches, and the American sector on Utah and Omaha beaches. By dawn, U.S. infantrymen were wading through chest-high water and clouds of artillery smoke. On Utah Beach, American troops were accompanied by 33-ton Sherman tanks that were floated ashore in inflatable canvas covers. To the relief of the Allies, there was very little German opposition. But on Omaha Beach, the U.S. V Corps came up against the battle-hardened German 352nd Infantry Division. Most of the American tanks and artillery never made it to the beach, sinking in the choppy water. Using only light weapons, infantrymen were required to carry out a frontal assault on heavily fortified German positions. By the end of the day, despite the high number of casualties, the Americans held a precarious beachhead six miles long and less than two miles deep -- a hold they would not relinquish.
Image Size: 15 x 12.75 in.
Overall Size: 18.5 x 16 in.
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