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LIBERATION - SAINTE MÈRE ÉGLISE
Sherman tanks, landed at nearby Utah Beach with the US VII Corp pass Sainte Mère Église, the first town in Normandy to be liberated by the Allies
on D-Day, June 1944.
by Richard Taylor
For nearly four years the swastika had flown belligerently over the small town of Sainte Mère Église in Normandy. But suddenly,
shortly after midnight on the night of 5/6 June 1944, parachutists from the 82nd Airborne Division began landing in and around the town.
One of them, John Steele, even landed on the church, his chute
caught on the steeple. He survived.
By 04.30, after a tough fire fight, troopers from the 505th PIR had raised another flag over the town - the Stars and Stripes - and Sainte Mère Église had become the first town in Normandy to be liberated by the Allies on D-Day. Sherman tanks landing on nearby Utah Beach with VII Corp were soon passing through the newly liberated town on the way to the front..
Richard Taylor's wonderful and moving tribute has been issued to commemorate the US Airborne Divisions who fought so gallantly at Normandy 1944. The Limited Edition has been signed by some of t
he most eminent veterans who took part in the action, and fought
from Normandy to final victory in Germany.
One of the most distinguished signatories who have signed the Limited
Editions is Lt. Col 'Maggie' Megellas, the most highly decorated officer in the history of the 82nd Airborne, who was nominated for the
Congressional Medal of Honor, America's highest award for gallantry.
The Veterans Edition to is special, having been personally signed by FIVE veterans who played a vital role in the liberation of Normandy in June 1944.
THE LIMITED EDITION & REMARQUE EDITIONS
This unique Limited Edition has been signed by THREE of the most well known veterans who fought with the 82nd Airborne - All American - in Normandy on D-Day, including James Megellas, the 82nd's most highly decorated officer.
With THREE Signatures
Lieutenant Colonel James Megellas DSC
Lieutenant Colonel JAMES 'MAGGIE' MEGELLAS
Commander of H Company, 3rd Battalion, 504th PIR, 'Maggie'Megellas was the most decorated officer in the
82nd Airborne Division. After serving in Italy, where he was twice wounded, Megellas fought in Normandy before taking part in Operation Market Garden where he led his company
in the crossing of the River Waal near Nijmegen. For bravery he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the second highest gallantry award. He fought with great distinction in the Battle of the Bulge, and on 28 January, whilst advancing into the town of Herresbach, his company succeeded in killing and capturing a large number of Germans. He single handedly destroyed a German tank with grenades before they siezed the town, without losing a man. He was nominated for the Medal of Honor, but the account was never included in the official report.
Sergeant Bob Bearden
Sergeant BOB BEARDEN
Bob was leader of H Company mortar squad, 507th PIR, attached to the 82nd Airborne. The 507th arrived over Normandy two hours later than other airborne units with out the element of surprise. Massive anti-aircraft fire and dense cloud caused them to have the worst drop of all, with most sticks missing their drop zones, stranded in isolated groups, or with their drop zone flooded by the Germans. Bob Bearden fought with a group of about 50 troopers from various units, taking the small town of Fresville, before forced to retire due to overwhelming odds. In a brave action which left 20 Germans dead in his wake, Bob was captured by the Germans and then taken prisoner. He was freed by the Russians in late December 1944.
Sergeant Milton Schlesener
Sergeant MILTON SCHLESENER
Milton Schlesener served with D Company, 505th PIR, and participated in an amazing FOUR combat jumps from D-Day with the 505th regiment. He served with the 82nd Airborne all the way from Normandy to Germany, and the end of the war.
THE NORMANDY VETERANS EDITION
With all the components of the Limited Edition, this ELEVEN signature edition is published with a separate ORIGINAL pencil drawing by Richard Taylor, and signed by an additional FIVE Normandy veterans. The signed drawing is also conservation matted to include the signatures of three veterans of the 101st's famous 'Easy Company' - The Band of Brothers.
With ELEVEN Signatures
The Normandy Veterans Edition Original Drawing by Richard Taylor
Sergeant 'TICH' RAYNOR -Part of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry, from the 6th Airborne Division, he landed as part of the Coup de Main operation on Glider No 4 into Normandy.
Private ALF WHITBREAD -Served with 17 Platoon of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry. Landed as part of the Coup de Main operation Glider No 6 into Pegasus Bridge in the early hours of D-Day 6th of June 1944.
Gunner ERNIE BREWER- Landed on Gold Beach on D-Day 6th June with the 5th RHA, as part of the 7th Armoured Division, commonly known as the 'Desert Rats'.
Private BILLY GREY- The first man out of Glider No 1 into Pegasus Bridge as part of the Coup de Main operation in the early hours of D-Day. He served with with 25 Platoon of the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry.
Flying Officer FRANK WHEELER DFC - With 174 Typhoon Fighter Squadron he flew on Operation Jericho and stayed with the unit until the end of the war, flying during the Normandy invasion and throughout occupied Europe.
First Lieutenant Lynn Compton Silver Star
Corporal Forrest L. Guth
Tech/Sergeant Donald G. Malarkey Bronze Star
Tech/Sergeant DONALD G. MALARKEY Bronze Star
5 Normandy Veterans Edition
US$ 1995 / UK£ 1395