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Pack 703. Pair of two 101st Airborne D-Day prints by Chris Collingwood and David Pentland.
PCK0703. Pack of two WW2 military prints showing the 101st Airborne during the fighting in Normandy after D-Day, by Chris Collingwood and David Pentland. Items in this pack :
Military Print Pack.
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DHM1607. Easy Company - The Taking of Carentan by Chris Collingwood.
You have a rendezvous with destiny! - promised Major Gen William Lee to his men as the 101st Airborne Division was activated at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana, 15 August 1942. And the first place they kept that rendezvous was Normandy. At precisely 23.00 hours on the night of 5th June 1944, aircraft containing the men of Easy Company, 506th Parachute Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, thundered down the runway at Upottery Airfield. Lifting off into the night, the hazardous mission given to the paratroopers of the 101st was to speaerhead the Allied invasion of Hitler occupied Europe - a rendezvous with destiny if ever there was one. Crossing the French coast two hours later, the vast air armada was met by heavy German AA fire and hampered by heavy banks of cloud, scattering the Division over a wide area. Few units landed in their designated drop zones and by dawn on the morning of 6th June, Easy Company comprised just nine rifle men, two officers, a couple of machine guns, and a mortar. The task of these eleven men - to annihilate a German battery targetting the landings on Utah Beach! Undaunted, this tiny group of young paratroopers ferociously assaulted and captured the battery, their action saving the lives of hundreds of their comrades coming ashore on the beach head below. In the gruelling days that followed, the men of Easy Company fought their way through dense hedgerows, across fields and orchards, through farms and villages towards their next objective - the strategic town of Carentan. Heavily defended by German forces, its seizure was vital to the Allied advance. Portrays the men of Easy Company as they fight their way through the bullet-swept streets of Carentan. Facing the enemy in close combat house-to-house street fighting, the paratroopers relentlessly pounded the enemy until the last vestiges of German resistance were overwhelmed and the objective taken. But for the men of Easy Company and the 101st Airborne, this action is just the beginning of their distinguished but savage war. Others will follow: the liberation of the first Dutch city, Eindhoven; the siege of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge; and ultimately, the capture of Hitlers Eagles Nest at Berchtesgaden.
Signed by Corporal Herb Jr Suerth,
Private 1st Class Bill Wingett,
First Sergeant Frank Soboleski,
Colonel Ed Shames
Private 1st Class Bill Maynard.
Signed limited edition of 500 prints.
Paper size 30 inches x 25 inches (76cm x 64cm)
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DHM996AP. Screaming Eagles in Normandy, 7th June 1944 by David Pentland (AP)
Having made contact the previous evening with troops of 4th Infantry Division pushing inland from Utah Beach, paratroopers of the 101st Airborne division The Screaming Eagles help mop up the pockets of German resistance in their general advance towards Carentan.
Limited edition of 50 artist proofs.
Image size 25 inches x 16.5 inches (64cm x 42cm)
Website Price: £ 210.00
To purchase these prints individually at their normal retail price would cost £380.00 . By buying them together in this special pack, you save £170
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|Signatures on this item|
|*The value given for each signature has been calculated by us based on the historical significance and rarity of the signature. Values of many pilot signatures have risen in recent years and will likely continue to rise as they become more and more rare.|
Colonel Ed Shames
*Signature Value : £25 (matted)
|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.|
Corporal Herb Jr Suerth
*Signature Value : £20 (matted)
|18 year old Herb Suerth enlisted as a volunteer for the Reserve Engineer Corps on 11th November 1942, but after a change of heart in 1944 he was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, beginning parachute school training in August that year. After final combat training in Holland, Herb was trucked into Bastogne in December 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge, also fighting in Foy. On 9th January 1945 Herb was wounded by artillery fire and his legs were severely injured but ultimately saved. He was shipped out of England and back to the US on 8th April 1945.|
First Sergeant Frank Soboleski
*Signature Value : £10 (matted)
|Joining the Army in 1943, Frank Soboleski parachuted into Holland in September 1944 as part of the 101st Airbornes reserve unit, ready to help if the first two units needed it - they did. Franks unit, Easy Company, was next in combat at Bastogne; surrounded by Germans in the freezing cold for a month. The company then moved on to Haguenau in France, and finally to Berchtesgaden in southern Germany when the war ended. Frank remained in southern Germany and Austria for another six months and was discharged in January 1946.|
Private 1st Class Bill Maynard
*Signature Value : £15 (matted)
|Born in 1923, Bill Maynard enlisted into the 101st Airborne Division in 1942, completing his training with Easy Company at camp in Toccoa, Georgia. Posted to Europe, Bill completed his combat training prior to D-Day, and jumped with the rest of Easy Company into Normandy on D-Day itself. He was wounded in heavy fighting shortly afterwards, receiving the Purple Heart, but continued to fight on. An experienced marksman with pistol, rifle and machine-gun, he fought with Easy Company throughout Normandy, into Holland, at Bastogne, and into southern Germany at the end of the war.|
Private 1st Class Bill Wingett
*Signature Value : £10 (matted)
|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.|