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This epic painting records the Allied seaborne assault on occupied France in 1942 which resulted in heavy losses of men and equipment. Eurich was commissioned to record the occasion and was given access to top secret maps, models, photographs and written orders.

Eurich said the three sections represented different times of day. The central section records the main attack at sunrise and ‘almost becomes a battle plan’. On the right is ‘the blowing up of a munition dump [and]... other detailed action by troops landed’.

September 2004