by Robert Taylor
June 6, 1944, no fewer than 4000 ships landed 133,000 assault
troops on the beaches of Normandy. A further 23,000 parachuted
in, whilst Allied aircraft flew 14,000 sorties on that historic
day. By the end of August 200,000 seamen had transported two
million troops across to France. It was the greatest and most
successful military invasion in history, which led to the
downfall of Hitler's Germany, and the end of the war in Europe.
Robert Taylor's painting captures the very essence of that
herculean battle. The painting is dominated by one of the
many large transport ships, lowering her landing craft under
bombardment from shore batteries. Barrage balloons flying,
this massive fleet sailed into the teeth of the German defences,
to land its invasion forces against all odds. .