THE ART OF WAR FROM D-DAY TO SAIPAN

From D-Day to Saipan, June is an amazing month for U.S. military and history buffs. Most Baby Boomers, such as myself, grew up learning about the incredible effort of the D-Day invasion both in school and in our homes, often firsthand from family members (my uncle Dave landed on D-Day + 3). Less known was the equally impressive effort and sacrifice in the Pacific made by the USMC during their island-hopping campaign against the Japanese.

USMC Private First Class Lee Marvin toward the end of his duty in the Pacific during WWII.

I gave myself a crash course in some of these events while researching and writing Lee Marvin Point Blank. My acquisition of information was limited of course to that which applied to Marvin’s involvement, which was considerable. His 21-landings included the likes of Eniwetok, Tinian, Kwajalein, and ended on Saipan before his regiment moved on to the bloody battle of Iwo Jima.
The statistics of these landings are of course available online and elsewhere and are quite staggering. From D-Day to Saipan, June 6th to June 15th 1944, the Allied losses were heavy in both theaters of operation but, lucky for us, they were ultimately successful.
Having never been in the military, let alone combat, I can’t begin to imagine what those experiences must have been like. Statistics, photos, and the like hardly do justice. So, being a believer in the creative image being superior in driving the point home, I thought the following graphics, depicted in real time, might serve the purpose best, at least it did for me. I have done so previously on this blog with the entries concerning The Art of War and they both garnered great responses. Here again, are more specific works of art. For the stories behind Lee Marvin’s firsthand account of those harrowing days and nights, read Lee Marvin Point Blank. Until then, these powerful images may help….
-Dwayne Epstein

A Marine, lost in thought as he approaches the beach landing, is depicted by artist Thomas Lea.

Marines landing and wading thru the surf as rendered by artist Tom Lovell.

Entitled “Flotsam and Jetsam,” USMC’s Charles Waterhouse depicts the death of his sergeant, killed on D-Day.

“Raider Fire Team” by Charles Waterhouse displays the Marines gun ho spirit in battle after landing and pushing on from the beach. Waterhouse retired as Lt. Colonel.

Marines fend off a surprise attack by the Japanese in Donald Dickson’s “Night Attack on Guadalcanal,” not unlike what Lee Marvin experienced himself and wrote about in Lee Marvin Point Blank.

Wounded Marines are transported through nearly impenetrable jungle, in “Jeep Turns Ambulance,” by Kerr Erby.

Again, artist Kerr Erby depicts a poignant moment in battle. Marines bow their heads over their fallen comrade in, “Last Rites for the Sergeant.”

 

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NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER LIST

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER LIST!

The name alone is intimidating. More than that, it is the dream of every writer to make that list, whether they are willing to admit it or not. To make the list at any point in one’s career is impressive. To do so on one’s first effort is to knock it out of the park in Yankee Stadium at your first at bat on opening day!
I wasn’t planning on posting anything new about Lee Marvin: Point Blank until this weekend but when the Times themselves made the list public on their site, I just couldn’t contain myself. It was hardly a solo effort and required the hard work of many people, among them are my amazing agent, Mike Hamilburg, my visionary publisher Tim Schaffner, distributor IPG’s Lauren Klouda, NeoCon’s Mike Phillips (the guy who taught me how to do all this website nonsense), graphic artist Jake Kiehle, and several other individuals who can also add this accomplishment to their resumes! For their efforts, I humbly thank them all. For what you may ask? Take a gander at BOTH lists below, appropriately enough being seen on June 6th…..

NYT1

NEW YORK TMES BEST SELLER LIST 6/15/14

 

NYT2

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER EBOOK LIST, 6/6/14

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