fly around you, bombs explode
above you, people die at your feet and you can't fight back or defend yourself
because you are armed only with paper and paintbrush. That was the situation
of three Navy artists during one
of the most important battles of World War Two — Operation Overlord, known
today as "D-Day."
Recently, the world commemorated the 60th anniversary of D-Day. From
the perspective of history, we know this operation was a great Allied
victory. However, on D-Day, from the perspective of the individuals
involved, the invasion seemed on
the brink of failure. No one knew whether victory or defeat lay ahead.
only knew that a heavy price was paid in human blood on that day. And some
knew that their part of the battle, their personal pain, had been caught for
posterity by the strokes of a combat artist.
These artists lived and trained with the crews of the vessels destined to
take part in the invasion; they rode the ships across the channel, and
accompanied the troops as they landed and fought. And under fire, they set
pen and brush to paper to record the human side of this historic event. This
art provides more than a cold historical record; it conveys a sense of the
feelings and emotions behind the events.
Using this artwork as inspiration, you will imagine yourself as a participant in Operation
Overlord. You will create an eye-witness account of D-Day, describing what it was
like to participate in this world-altering event.