Day of Days by James Dietz
June 6, 1944 - Le Grand Chemin: Fresh from their baptism of fire, the “Screaming Eagles” of Easy, Dog, and Fox companies, 506th PIR, regroup and rearm, having silenced the guns of Brécourt Manor.
Now, their reinforcements arrive. From Utah Beach, come the M4 Sherman tanks of the 70th Tank Battalion. From scattered drop zones across Normandy, come other paratroopers of the 82nd and 101st.
Together, they’ll return to Brécourt to clear the last resistance, and this time, the tankers will take the lead. They made it off the beach, safe from Brécourt’s guns, and are eager to repay the favor. It’s just the start of a long, costly crusade, but today, on the day of days, it begins with victory.
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180 limited-edition prints, signed by James Dietz and 21 WWII heroes who fought in Normandy: Band of Brothers paratroopers Don Malarkey, Buck Compton, "Wild Bill" Guarnere, Earl McClung, Rod Strohl, Ed Tipper, Ed Mauser, Brad Freeman and Clancy Lyall. 101st heroes "Pee Wee" Martin, Bob Noody and Dan McBride. 82nd heroes Don Jakeway and Paul Demciak (D-Day Pathfinder). D-Day flyboys Fred Trenck (C-47 pilot) and G.I. Gillette (P-51 pilot). Sherman tankers George Smilanich, Ray Stewart, Joe Caserta and Bill Gast (landed on Omaha Beach). Includes two photos, 506th PIR & 82nd Airborne pins, a .30 caliber casing recovered in Normandy and a COA with "History Behind the Art." A no-interest payment plan is available upon request.
290 limited-edition prints, signed by James Dietz and 4 Normandy veterans. Representing the paratroopers who served under Lt. Dick Winters and Lt. Ron Speirs are Phil Perugini & Brad Freeman of Easy Company. Representing the Sherman tank crews that fought in the hedgerows of Normandy are Bill Gast and Spearhead hero Clarence Smoyer. Includes a COA with "History Behind the Art."
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190 limited-edition prints
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8 limited-edition prints
A Valor Studios giclee edition may be released. A Signer Proof edition exists, not-for-sale. An Artist Proof & Gallery Edition bearing only the artist's signature exists.
"Day of Days" is hand-signed by a collection of WWII heroes! Signers vary print by print. Please click "editions" to see which veterans signed which prints.
Buck Compton- Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Joe Caserta - Easy Company, 32nd AR, 3rd Armored Division
Paul Demciak - 508th Pathfinder, 82nd Airborne
Brad Freeman - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Bill Gast - 743rd Tank Battalion, Omaha Beach, Silver Star
PFC William E. Gast is awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action on 9 August 1944, in France. An enemy rocket projectile struck a tank, killing two of its crew members and wounded two others. Private Gast, hearing the wounded men's cries for help, heroically dashed one hundred and fifty yards across open terrain swept by enemy small arms, artillery, and mortar fire to the knocked out tank. He administered first aid to the two wounded men, and then, helping one whose leg was broken and accompanied by the other he made his way under fire back to an aid station.
"Wild Bill" Guarnere - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Don Jakeway - H-Company, 508th PIR, 82nd Airborne
Clancy Lyall - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Don Malarkey - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Ed Mauser - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Jim "Pee Wee" Martin - George Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Dan McBride - Fox Company, 502nd PIR, 101st Airborne
Earl McClung - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Bob Noody - Fox Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Phil Perugini - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
George Smilanich - Sherman driver, 2nd AD, FURY consultant
Clarence Smoyer - tank gunner, 3rd AD "Spearhead"
Ray Stewart - Sherman driver, 2nd AD, FURY consultant
Rod Strohl - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Ed Tipper - Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne
Fred Trenck - C-47 pilot on D-Day, 441st TCG
Willard Gillette - P-51 pilot on D-Day, 4th FG
"Day of Days" is set shortly after the first assault on Brecourt Manor which was depicted in "Band of Brothers." Enjoy the trailer below.