The Invasion of Normandy: Beyond the Beach

 

Soldier in Verville-Sur-Mer, Normandy
Alexander P. Russo #24
Watercolor, 1944
88-198-X

 

 

 

 

Church in Verville-Sur-Mer
Alexander P. Russo #41
Gouache, 1945
88-198-AO

 

 

 

Soldiers Resting Near Church
Alexander P. Russo #44
Gouache, 1945
88-198-AR

 

A scene in Vierville-Sur-Mer, Normandy.

 

 

Soldier Resting in Vierville-Sur-Mer
Alexander P. Russo #43
Gouache, 1944
88-198-AQ

 

 

On the map he was part of a line that was surging forward, part of an army - a man with a gun. He was part of an intricate fighting machine, but all too human. He rested where he could and thought of human things unrelated to war, presenting a picture of melancholy and tragic meditation.

 

 

Street in Vierville-Sur-Mer, Normandy June 10, 1944
Alexander P. Russo #42
Gouache, 1944
88-198-AP

 

This is the kind of destruction wreaked by both sides on hapless civilians and their communities that were caught in the tide of invasion.

 

 

French farmhouseUnidentified
Mitchell Jamieson #V-64
Pen & wash, circa 1944
88-193-SQ

 

 

 

Occupation Scene
Mitchell Jamieson #V-50
Pen, circa 1944
88-193-SB

 

As Allied troops advanced inland, they liberated French villages and towns.

 

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