Normandy

An exercise in the use of historic media (Bayeux Tapestry) depicting D-Day, a modern event.   *Please use mouse to scroll the banner. [photonav url=’http://www.thomasgriffin.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/bayeaux_banner_4web.jpg’ mode=’move’ popup=’none’ animate=” container_width=” container_height=’750′]

This project appears as a full banner as above, but is also available as a printed scroll and book format. The object of this project is to show that historic visual communication can still be used to convey a modern story or event. The work contains scanned images from the Bayeaux Tapestry as well as scanned images of archived hand-spun, hand-woven linen similar to that used in the original Bayeux tapestry. The tapestry imagery dates from ca.1070AD and shows an event in WWII (1944). These elements were edited and manipulated using Photoshop. The original document is approx. 10m long!

The D-Day Story in short:

Early1944;  after 5 years of war in Europe and other parts of the globe, Hitler is supreme commander of ‘the Nazi Empire’ and ruler of Continental-Europe. He is seen here with Fieldmarshal Rommel, Commander of the German armies and Hermann Goering of the Nazi Party. Hitler’s Nazi-regime is one based on fear and oppression. However, he has failed to conquer Britain, that last European outpost of freedom, and constant thorn in his side.

In Britain, Prime Minister Winston Churchill holds a meeting with General Montgomery, and General Eisenhower of the United States of America about how they would try to invade Nazi-occupied Europe. They devised ‘Operation Overlord’, a planned invasion of Normandy. General Eisenhower is made supreme commander of the invasion fleet.

Preparations for the Allied invasion fleet begin, these consist of 5000 ships 12000 vehicles and 150,000 men.

Operation ‘Overlord’ the largest invasion fleet ever mounted, leaves Gosport, England, and begins to move towards Normandy, France.

June, 6th 1944: Allied paratroopers are dropped from the air by DC-3 Dakotas towing ‘Horsa’ gliders with men and equipment. The men are dropped to take key positions such as ‘Pegasus’ bridge for the success of the invasion.

Escorted by the Navy, Allied troops hit the Normandy beach-head and begin fighting the German defenders.

Thousands of Allied troops pour out into the beaches from their landing craft as well as vehicles. They advance on the German positions, and disable key opposition.There are many casualties.

The Allies break free of the beach-heads, re-enforcements arrive, with supplies and more men. The Allies advance further into land to rendezvous with and relieve the paratroopers who are still holding their positions.

The Allied army advance towards Paris for victory, forcing the Nazi-armies back towards Germany, turning the tide of the war.

Special thanks must go to:
My Parents, my patient colleagues and tutors, and the Graphics and Textiles Deparments at The University College of Arts, Farnham.

Dedicated to the Men of D-Day.