D-Day, Normandy: D+4 And Aftermath


 

Old Campaigners (Cold and Wet) - Preliminary Sketch
Mitchell F. Jamieson #230B
Ink and wash on paper
88-193-IH

 

 

 

Old Campaigners (Cold and Wet)
Mitchell F. Jamieson #230A
Watercolor on paper
88-193-IG

 

After two days the men of the 6th Beach Battalion at the Omaha sector appear already war weary. The terrible confused experience of the landing and first two days on the beach have now turned into a routine pattern of hard work, sleeplessness, and the kind of living conditions generally described as "rugged."

 

 

Street in Verville-Sur-Mer
Alexander Russo #31
Gouache on board
88-198-AE

 

Eight days after D-Day, the desolated village is only a byway for a war that has passed through.

 

 

Soldier Resting in Verville-Sur-Mer
Alexander Russo #43
Gouache on board
88-198-AQ

 

 

The ultimate fighting machine, a soldier and his rifle, presents a symbolic scene of tragic meditation and the melancholy of war.

 

 

Burial Ground Guards Around a Fire
Mitchell F. Jamieson #222
Watercolor on paper
88-193-HX

 

At a cemetery above the beach, a group of burial guards huddle for brief comfort around a fire. The stick, held by one guard, was used to approximate the depth of the graves.

 

 

Burial Ground Above the Beach, Dusk
Mitchell F. Jamieson #231
Watercolor on paper
88-193-II

 

The transition from the active clatter and dust of the beach is abrupt at this field, high over the Western American beach, the first national cemetery on French soil of this war. Over the field there are the sounds of pick and shovel, and the oppressive, stench of bodies brought in for burial by the truckloads.

 

 

Kamerad
Mitchell F. Jamieson #236
Ink and wash on paper
88-193-IO

 

 

Boche prisoners at American Beach Sector.

 

 

Mine Field Near Verville-Sur-Mer
Alexander Russo #23
Ink and wash on paper
88-198-W

 

Soldiers seem part of the tragic landscape as they pause near a mine field about one and a half miles inland from Omaha Beach, four days after D-Day. By this time some units had suffered fifty percent casualties.

 

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