Juno Beach Jump Off - by Paul Seguna
The Canadian Landings in Normandy on D Day 6 June 1944
This painting commemorates the 75th anniversary of the 6 June 1944 D Day landings in Normandy by the Canadian Forces. The painting depicts Canadian Infantry from the 3rd Infantry Division advancing past the beach defences after the initial assault. The infantry is being supported by specialized tanks of the British 79th Armoured Division, nicknamed "Hobart's Funnies" after the Division Commander. The tank in the foreground is a Churchill AVRE (Armoured Vehicle Royal Engineers) armed with a 290mm Spigot mortar, known as a 'Petard", which fired a 40lb demolition charge called a "flying dustbin" used to demolish concrete obstacles and bunkers. The landing beach is the scene of the unloading of troops and vehicles, including another type of specialized armoured vehicle a DD (Duplex Drive) amphibious Sherman tank), from landing ships and craft of RCN while in the distance offshore ships of the RCN continue to support the push inland by landed troops with naval gunfire support. Overhead two RCAF Spitfire fighters conduct a low pass over the beach while at a higher altitude transport aircraft fly inland to reinforce the paratroops dropped before the beach landings. The building in the painting is iconic of the Canadian landings and has become of focal point of Canadian visitors to Juno Beach.
24 x 36 inches, water-based oils on stretched canvas
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