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Sainte-Mère-Église by Simon Smith. (B)


Sainte-Mère-Église by Simon Smith. (B)

Captured by the US 82nd Airborne in the early hours of D-Day, Sainte-MèreÉglise would become the first town in France to be liberated by the Allies. The small town of Sainte-MèreÉglise, at the foot of the Cotentin peninsula, is just five miles inland from Utah Beach, the most westerly of the five assault beaches for D-Day and critical to the Allies' right flank. The town lay beside the main highway from Paris that ran north from Carentan to the port of Cherbourg, and which provided a vital link to any German forces engaged in the defence of the area. Vital to ensuring a successful landing on Utah, the task of securing the town and road together with the nearby railway line and bridges over the River Merderet, was given to one of the best units in the US Army - the battle-hardened paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division. In the early hours of 6 June 1944, after a widely scattered drop, some in the Division's 505th PIR found themselves landing right in the heart of the town, caught in the glowing light cast by a burning building. With the white silk of their parachutes clearly visible, many of the men hanging defencelessly beneath them were easy targets. The casualty rate was high but, after regrouping with other units, the men of the 82nd attacked in a ferocious assault and a fierce firefight with the German defenders soon erupted. By dawn it was over and with the capture of the town the Stars and Stripes now flew over Sainte-Mère-Église.
Item Code : DHM6519BSainte-Mère-Église by Simon Smith. (B) - This Edition
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PRESENTATIONUS Airborne Tribute edition of 5 prints.

Supplied with a mounted original drawing with two signatures, and matted to include two further signatures.
Image size 26.5 inches x 15 inches (68cm x 38cm) Paper size 33 inches x 22 inches (84cm x 56cm) McCandless, Dean
Dumouchelle, Leo A
Perez, Salvador Sal (companion print)
Petersen, Arthur Art (companion print)
Wingett, Bill (matted on companion print)
Shames, Ed (matted on companion print)
+ Artist : Simon Smith
£1395.00

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Other editions of this item : Sainte-Mère-Église by Simon Smith.DHM6519
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PRINTSigned limited edition of 325 prints. Image size 26.5 inches x 15 inches (68cm x 38cm) Paper size 33 inches x 22 inches (84cm x 56cm) McCandless, Dean
Dumouchelle, Leo A
+ Artist : Simon Smith
£110.00VIEW EDITION...
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PROOF
Limited edition of 25 artist proofs. Image size 26.5 inches x 15 inches (68cm x 38cm) Paper size 33 inches x 22 inches (84cm x 56cm) McCandless, Dean
Dumouchelle, Leo A
+ Artist : Simon Smith
£225.00VIEW EDITION...
GICLEE
CANVAS
Limited edition of 150 giclee canvas prints. Size 35 inches x 20 inches (89cm x 51cm)Artist : Simon Smith£395.00VIEW EDITION...
REMARQUELimited edition of 25 remarques. Image size 26.5 inches x 15 inches (68cm x 38cm) Paper size 33 inches x 22 inches (84cm x 56cm) McCandless, Dean
Dumouchelle, Leo A
+ Artist : Simon Smith
£350.00VIEW EDITION...
REMARQUELimited edition of 10 double remarques. Image size 26.5 inches x 15 inches (68cm x 38cm) Paper size 33 inches x 22 inches (84cm x 56cm) McCandless, Dean
Dumouchelle, Leo A
+ Artist : Simon Smith
£550.00VIEW EDITION...

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Captain Dean McCandless
Joining up in 1941 he was commissioned as an Officer with the 82nd Airborne Division. Serving with the 1st Battalion, 505th PIR, he made the first of four combat jumps on 9th July 1943 at Sicily during Operation Husky, and two months later jumped at Salerno. His third drop was on D-Day, landing just outside Sainte-Mere-Eglise where his unit fought successfully to capture the bridge over the Merderet River - he was the battalion communications officer. His fourth and final jump was during Operation Market Garden before moving on to fight in the Battle of the Bulge where he was wounded. He was awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart. After leaving the service in 1946 he was later called up to serve with the Medical Corps as a doctor in Korea.


Colonel Ed Shames
Enlisting in September 1942, Ed Shames was to become one of the most respected officers in the 101st Airborne Division, a stickler for detail he always got the job done, and brought his men home. Originally assigned to I Company in the 3rd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment he was then transferred to Headquarters Company. He received a battlefield commission during the taking of Carentan in Normandy, and joined Easy Company in July 1944 as a 2nd Lieutenant prior to Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge.


Private 1st Class Arthur Art Petersen
Serving with Fox Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne he was one of many paratroopers misdropped on D-Day. Landing near Sainte Mre-glise he briefly fought alongside Easy Company before heading south into the bitter fire-fight raging around the church at Angoville-au-Plain. After being wounded he was briefly treated in the Church and then fought in the advance into Carentan. He later jumped on Operation Market Garden, where he was wounded, but was back in action in time to re-join his unit in the Battle of the Bulge. Wounded yet again, Bastogne proved to be his final combat.


Private 1st Class Bill Wingett
Bill Wingett originally enlisted on 9th December 1941, two days after Pearl Harbor was attacked, but after a car crash, hospitalisation and subsequent discharge from the forces meant he had to try again on 19th August 1942. Bill was with Easy Company up until 5 days before D-Day where he was transferred to Headquarters Company. He fought in the campaigns of Normandy, Holland and Bastogne receiving a Purple Heart in each. Discharged on 23rd November 1945, Bill returned 10 months later to join the 82nd Airborne for 3 years as a maintenance man at Fort Bragg Airfield.


Private 1st Class Salvador Sal Perez
Jumped on D-Day with the Service Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne and fought throughout Normandy, Operation Market Garden and at Bastogne.


Staff Sergeant Leo A Dumouchelle
Served in the 82nd Airborne Division with the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion (C). Wounded in Belgium in September 1944 he returned to fight in the Battle of the Bulge.

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