"ADVANCE FROM UTAH" by SIMON SMITH
Artist Signed Edition $85
It had been a rough ride for the men of 101st Airborne’s Easy Company. With heavy flak tearing into the C-47s carrying the paratroopers inland, the original drop plans had gone horribly awry and the men found themselves scattered, many lost without weapons or supplies. They knew that the largest amphibious force in history would be landing on Utah Beach in only a few hours, and was counting on them to secure the area behind the beach. As the Allied landing approached, First Lieutenant Dick Winters and the small force of the dozen men he’d managed to gather were ordered to take a battery of four German 105mm Howitzers at Brécourt Manor, which were zeroed in on Utah Beach. In a remarkable feat of tactics that would be studied and emulated for decades to come, Dick Winters and his tiny force destroyed not only the battery, but also the deadly machine-gun positions nearby.
Overall print size: 28" wide x 19" high
Simon's outstanding composition captures both the triumph and foreboding of the moment following this brilliant move: With the German positions smoldering behind them, Winters and his men gaze thoughtfully into the horizon and their next objective, realizing that for them the war is only beginning.
Cleverly blending both traditional painting and digital methods, Simon's brilliant technique results in an unmistakable visual style which is a proud testament to his skill.
Every print has been personally signed by Easy Company veteran 'WILD BILL' GUARNERE who took part in the assault at Brécourt Manor, and Emmy Award winning Actor DAMIAN LEWIS who portrayed Dick Winters in the acclaimed TV mini-series Band of Brothers.
THE LIMITED EDITION
All prints in the Limited Editions, Remarque's and Tributes have been hand-signed by two highly respected men associated with Easy Company and the Band of Brothers:
Staff Sergeant WILLIAM ‘WILD BILL’ GUARNERE
Emmy Award winning Actor DAMIAN LEWIS
THE EASY COMPANY TRIBUTE EDITION
This SIX signature edition is issued with a unique and highly prized ORIGINAL pencil drawing by Simon Smith, which is personally hand signed by Easy Company veteran, EARL McCLUNG. Each drawing is conservation matted to include Museum quality reproduction jump wings, Screamimg Eagle patch and the original pencil signatures of a further three prominent original members of Easy Company that fought during D-Day and the Normandy campaign:
Staff Sergeant EARL E. McCLUNG
First Lieutenant ‘BUCK’ COMPTON (matted)
Corporal FORREST L. GUTH (matted)
Tech Sergeant DONALD G. MALARKEY (matted)
This is the ONLY print edition that Damian Lewis has ever signed and will prove highly desirable for any collector.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Edition Size - 250
THE ARTIST PROOFS
Edition Size - 25
Edition Size - 10
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