Following the successful D-Day landings on the adjacent Gold Beach, a vast pre-fabricated artificial Mulberry Harbor was quickly assembled at nearby Arromanches, allowing British and Canadian reinforcements to pour ashore. Towed piece by piece across the Channel, assembled and ready for use within days of the invasion, the harbor – nicknamed Port Winston – would enable more than two and half million men, half a million vehicles and vast quantities of supplies to be landed before it was finally decommissioned at the end of the year, by which time the ports along the Channel and North Sea had been liberated.
Clearly visible in Simon’s detailed piece, the new “Mulberry” is working flat out with reinforcements pouring ashore and one of the floating roadways being used to evacuate the wounded onto ships soon bound for England. In the foreground recently-arrived Sherman Firefly tanks from the 13th /18th Hussars climb away from the area as they move out towards the front line alongside infantry from The Devonshire Regiment. In the days to follow both regiments would fight with great distinction.
Easily identified by the long barrel of its British 17-pounder gun whose bright muzzle flash inspired its nickname, the “Firefly” was considered the most deadly version of the iconic Sherman tank and, being the only Allied tank in Normandy with a gun powerful enough to penetrate the thick armor of the German Panther and Tiger tanks, it was greatly feared by the enemy.
To help commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and to remember the heroes who served in the Battle of Normandy, each print in this memorable edition has been authenticated by veterans who fought bravely in this historic campaign.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Joining artist Simon Smith in signing every print is a highly-regarded Tank Commander who served in Normandy:
Corporal GEOFFREY PULZER LD’H
THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION & ARTIST PROOFS
These four signature editions are additionally autographed by a further three veterans directly involved in the Normandy Campaign and the fighting around Arromanches:
Sapper GEORGE BATTS MBE LD’H
Able Seaman BILL BENNETT
General Sir HUGH BEACH GBE KCB MC
THE REMARQUE EDITIONS
Simon’s background as a commercial illustrator and his passion for military history are immediately evident through his subtle use of pencil and attention to detail. With a specially commissioned pencil drawing hand created in the lower margin of each print, these stunning four signature editions are highly collectible pieces.
THE NORMANDY TRIBUTE EDITION
With TWELVE signatures and an original pencil drawing!
With all signatures of the Anniversary Edition, each print is issued with a separate specially commissioned original pencil drawing by Simon Smith which has been signed by seven Normandy veterans:
Private CHARLIE HILL
Private BERT COOPER
Craftsman DOUG AUSTIN
Private PATRICK STAFFORD
Trooper DON WALKER
Private CYRIL ELLIOT
Corporal GORDON DRABBLE
Each unique drawing is conservation matted to include the original pencil signature of a famous veteran who served with distinction in Normandy:
Brigadier Sir ALEX STANIER BT DSO* MC