The Arcs Of Fire Gallery
- The Taking of Carentan -
by Chris Collingwood
Men of Easy Company, 101st Airborne Division, fight their way through the bullet-swept streets of Carentan. Facing the enemy in close combat house-to-house street fighting, the paratroopers relentlessly pound the enemy until the last vestiges of German resistance were overwhelmed and the objective taken.
In the gruelling days that followed their drop in to Normandy 6th June 1944, 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.
After a brutal battle the paratroopers took the objective, 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 Hitler's 'Eagle Nest' at Berchtesgaden.
Once again Chris Collingwood one of Britain's greatest portrait artists has captured these heroic warriors, a fitting matching print to
another classic from the artist.
THE LIMITED EDITIONS
Adding great signiicance to Chris Collingwood's dramatic new edition, each print in every edition has been authenticated by the signatures of FIVE veterans from Easy Company.
To a man they have confirmed the outstanding realism of the battleground as portrayed by Chris Collingwood in his new painting. The edition is also signed by the artists, and individually hand numbered.
With FIVE Signatures
Corporal HERB 'Jr'. SUERTH Colonel ED SHAMES
First Sergeant FRANK SOBOLESKI Private 1st Class BILL WINGETT
Corporal Technician G5 BILL MAYNARD
500 The Limited Edition US$ 255 / UK£ 150
25 Artists Proofs US$ 385 / UK£ 225