National Churchill Museum opens D-Day exhibit

ST. LOUIS — Historians consider Winston Churchill to be one of the best wartime leaders when he was prime minister of Great Britain during World War II.

The National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Mo., is honoring one of the key moments of that war: the 70th anniversary of the Allies’ attack on Normandy. The museum has opened a D-Day exhibit that museum spokeswoman Allison Collinger says will “help take you to that moment in time when the Allied forces invaded onto Normandy and how that really changed the force of the war.”

The exhibit, titled “D-Day Normandy: Operation Overlord” showcases 63 paintings and sketches by three artists chosen from the U.S. Navy art collection.

The three artists are Mitchell Jamieson, Alexander Russo and Dwight Shepler, all of whom were present during the D-Day invasion, either on shore or on supporting ships?.

“The paintings are very intense, not graphic displays, but you see the urgency in the faces of the men,” said the museum’s Kit Freudenberg.

Many of the sketches from Jamieson were reproduced by LIFE and other national publications, said Freudenberg.

The paintings in the exhibit are mostly done in watercolor, with a few sketches and one oil painting.

“It’s amazing to think about that there were military artists capturing the scene in this way,” said Collinger.

The Churchill Museum also has a room devoted to World War II and the D-Day invasion with other artifacts and a film.

The museum is open every day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through July 20. For more information visit nationalchurchillmuseum.org. Adult admission is $7.50.

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