D-DAY Events were Captured by Combat Artists Who Landed on D-Day Carrying Sketch Pads, They Can be Seen in a Collection Published by PaperlessArchives.com

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PaperlessArchives.com has announced free access to a collection of artist renditions of events surrounding D-Day.

To the Burial Ground By Alexander P. Russo, 1944

To the Burial Ground By Alexander P. Russo, 1944

The Navy's top artists, whose duties at Normandy required them to carry a gun and a sketch book.

PaperlessArchives.com has announced free access to a collection artist renditions of events surrounding D-Day.

Through all phases of D-DAY, U.S. Navy combat artists observed and recorded different aspects of this vast and complicated campaign. Though it was also filmed and photographed, the artwork they created convey a sense of the feelings and emotions behind the events.

A collection of images of 186 paintings, drawings and sketches created by U.S. Navy combat artists before, during, and after the D-Day invasion can be accessed for free at

http://www.paperlessarchives.com/d-day_art.html

This collection presents all known artwork produced before, during, and after the D-Day invasion of Normandy by three of the Navy's top artists, whose duties at Normandy required them to carry a gun and a sketch book.

The images are presented in chronological order and are accompanied by background information provided by Navy historians about the events and details captured in each image.

For the young artists, the challenges were unique. During their training period, they lived with the crews of the vessels destined to take part in the invasion; they rode the ships across the channel and accompanied the troops as they landed. Their paintings, including descriptions of their work, were subject to strict censorship. It was not until well after the events occurred that their works could become part of the accessible historic records.

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