"You have a rendezvous with destiny!" – Major General William Lee had promised the men of the 101st Airborne Division. And in Normandy that rendezvous would be kept.
For the American amphibious landings on Utah and Omaha beaches to succeed, the bravery and skill of the elite US 101st and 82nd Airborne Divisions would be called upon. Shortly after midnight on 6 June 1944 the two Airborne Divisions began their precarious assault, dropping into enemy territory at night and under heavy fire, they had just a few hours to fulfill their initial orders before the amphibious landings began.
Richard’s dramatic edition recalls the heroism of these paratroopers. The night will be long and dangerous but their forthcoming resilience in the face of adversity will become the stuff of legend.
Completed in his trademark technique of using a mixture of graphite with subtle color highlights, Richard’s superb piece helps commemorate the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and serves as a lasting tribute to all those who fought throughout the liberation of Europe.