“Pegasus Dawn” Simon Smith

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95 Limited Edition $210
25 Artist Proofs  $315

15 Remarques:  $495
10 Double Remarques:  $795

Shortly after D-Day, the free movement of Allied troops over the Caen Canal heralds a significant triumph in the campaign to liberate Normandy. Just days before, in the early hours of 6 June, elements of the British 6th Airborne Division captured the strategically important Bénouville bridge, later renamed Pegasus after their flying horse emblem.

From the moment the Battle of Britain was over, the Allies had planned for the invasion that would liberate Europe from the tyranny of Hitler’s thuggish Reich. On 6 June 1944 those plans were put into practice on the beaches of Normandy when the world witnessed the largest amphibious landings ever seen.

To commemorate the fierce battles throughout the campaign, Simon’s masterful piece portrays the scene a few days after D-Day.

Adding great authenticity and in tribute to all those who fought so valiantly throughout the invasion, every print carries the original autographs of eleven British veterans including ‘Tich’ Rayner (pictured) who, as part of the Ox & Bucks Light Infantry, fought to secure Pegasus Bridge in the early hours of D-Day itself.

The Signatures

Printed onto borders that were personally signed over many years, each copy carries the original and authentic autographs of eleven Normandy Veterans:

  • Sergeant ‘TICH’ RAYNER – 2nd Battalion, Ox & Bucks Light Infantry, 6th Airborne Division – Glider No.4 into Pegasus Bridge
  • Corporal ‘BABS’ PEARSON – 5th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment, 69th Infantry Brigade, 50th (Northumbrian) Division – first wave to assault Gold Beach
  • Private CHARLIE HILL – D Company, 6th Battalion Green Howards – first wave to assault Gold Beach
  • Craftsman ALBERT HOLMSHAW – Royal Engineers attached to the 7th Field Regiment Royal Artillery 3rd Division – landed at Sword Beach on D-Day
  • Corporal DOUG PARKER – 2nd Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment – first wave to assault Sword Beach at H-Hour
  • Corporal GORDON DRABBLE – 1/6th South Staffordshire Regiment, 59th (Staffordshire) Infantry Division – landed at Gold Beach
  • Trooper DON WALKER – 147th “Hampshire” Battalion, Royal Armoured Corps on Churchill Tanks – landed at Gold Beach
  • Private PATRICK STRAFFORD – D Company, 1/4th Kings Own Light Infantry – landed at Sword Beach
  • Private BERT COOPER – 5th Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment, 50th (Northumbrian) Division – first wave to land at Gold Beach
  • Gunner WILLIAM HARTLEY – 27th L.A.A. Regiment as a Driver/Operator – landed in Normandy on D-Day +1
  • Gunner GEORGE SHARMAN – 259th Battery, 65th (Norfolk Yeomanry) Anti-Tank Regiment, Royal Artillery, as part of the 7th Armoured Division, ‘The Desert Rats’ – landed at Gold Beach on D-Day

Remarque Editions:

With a specially commissioned pencil drawing hand created in the lower margin of each print, these stunning eleven signature editions are highly collectible pieces.

Simon’s background as a commercial illustrator and his passion for military history are immediately evident through his subtle use of pencil and attention to detail.