D-day and M1 Garand Display "Ike's Gamble"
After a great trip to Normandy in 2011 to visit the historic battlefields I wanted to create a display to house my 1942 Springfield M1 Garand and also do something as a tribute to the men of D-Day which is a favorite subject of study of mine.
I call it Ike's Gamble in tribute to the tough call that Ike made to send the men in on 6/6/1944 amidst bad weather and with his commanders split on the decision.
The display includes a map of the most of the main objectives for D-Day (and all the ones I visited) with small vials of sand or soil from each sacred site accompanied by the unit patches for the US, British, and Canadien forces tasked with capturing each site. Please note I am very aware that the US 29th division landed at Omaha as well but I only had room for one patch.
The cover features some D-Day artwork and black and white invasion stripes which would have been painted on all allied planes. The front has a carved patch from Eisenhower's SHAEF. (Supreme headquarters Allied Expiditionary Force). The patch itself has an interesting history if you ever care to look into it.
I hope you may find this of interest. I have other custom displays on my website - I'd be thrilled if you checked it out and gave me a "like":
01-10-2016 03:25 PM
Beautiful. I love it.
I wish I could do woodwork like that.
My greatest fear is that one day I will die and my wife will sell my guns for what I told her I paid for them
"Don't tell me these are investments if you never intend to sell anything" (Quote: Wife)
Thanks Map! Obviously you need the right tools but I think beyond that it's all about patience. This took me five months and I made a ton of mistakes but I was happy with how it turned out. Just give it a shot and you will be surprised what you can do.
That my friend is first class, it must be quite a size too.
"and when he gets to heaven,
to saint peter he will tell:
"Just another marine reporting, sir
I've served my time in hell."
Congratulations, really a truly amazing piece of work!
Hopefully, we shall never forget, not just Ike of course but all the grunts who made it happen...
It's a wasted trip baby. Nobody said nothing about locking horns with no Tigers.
I'm Spartacus, not really i'm Paul!...