|ow is your chance to own a masterpiece by the world's top combat artist - James Dietz. "Day of Days" shows the Band of Brothers with the first tanks off Utah Beach, set shortly after the fight at Brecourt Manor.|
This event was depicted in the Emmy-winning mini-series during Ep. 2, "Day of Days." Shown in the painting are Dick Winters, Ron Speirs, Wild Bill Guarnere, Lewis Nixon, Buck Compton, and more!
original oil painting on canvas is a massive 60" x 30",
and is sold unstretched and unframed. Adding
to the incredible history of the scene are the autographs
on the back by fourteen paratroopers, pilots, and tankers who
fought in the Normandy campaign:
Having sold our other Dietz paintings, this is the only original we have for sale so don't wait to add this ultimate collectible to your wall!
to move off the beaches and reach the airborne troops at Le Grand Chemin.
In front of the lead Sherman, we see Lt. Ron Speirs of Dog Company, who’ll later take command of Easy during the Battle of the Bulge. As Speirs recounts how Dog Company took the fourth cannon, Sgt. Bill Guarnere looks on, his 60mm mortar over his shoulder, a weapon he’ll soon return to action.
On the far right, we see the battalion intelligence officer, Lt. Lewis Nixon, his gun drawn for security, as he interrogates a German officer from the 90th Artillery Regiment, stationed at Brecourt and the immediate area. It was Nixon who had led the Shermans here from Utah Beach.
On the left side we see French civilians, eager to greet their liberators. Pvt. Don Malarkey is
One cool July morning in 2008, we found ourselves touring the small village of Le Grand Chemin, adjacent to Brecourt Manor, with legendary paratrooper Don Malarkey.
Sixty-four years earlier, Don had fought in this area and he told us how the Brecourt Manor attack was planned from that village and what happened there after the famous attack, stories that would serve as the inspiration for the new painting: “Day of Days.”
“Day of Days” is set soon after Lt. Dick Winters, Lt. Ron Speirs, and paratroopers of Easy, Dog, and Fox companies had silenced four 105mm cannons that were firing onto Utah Beach, three miles away. Here we see the victors of Brecourt Manor, “congratulating one another, talking about what they had accomplished, trying to piece together the sequence of events…” as Stephen Ambrose chronicled.
seated, examining a German MP40 submachine gun, a far cry from the Luger he
pursued. Behind him, Lt. Buck Compton works the bolt on his M1 Thompson to ascertain
why it wouldn’t fire during the earlier assault.
Around these figures we see some of the fifty or more Easy Company men who
gathered in Le Grand Chemin. Soon, Winters will re-organize them into two
platoons and with the tanks leading, they’ll assault Brecourt Manor.
Lt. Harry Welsh would remember the tanks’ firepower: “They just
cut those hedgerows to pieces . . . you thought they would never stop shooting.”
By midafternoon, Brecourt Manor would be secured and in friendly hands, once
and for all.
Winters, then acting commander of Easy Company, stands atop an M4 Sherman tank. He’d just consumed the first sip of alcohol in his life, a swig of hard cider, to quench his thirst after the assault and now he identifies the locations of several German machine gun positions around the manor. “Clean out anything that’s left,” he tells the Sherman tank commander.These Sherman tankers are men of the 70th Tank Battalion, the most experienced separate tank battalion in the Army, one that had landed on enemy shores in North Africa, Sicily, and now, Normandy, where they were the first