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The 52nd Lowland at Cherbourg 1940 by Mike Jeffries

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THIS PAINTING IS SOLD BUT YOU TOO CAN COMMISSION MIKE TO PAINT YOUR VERY OWN ORIGINAL OF YOUR FAVOURITE MILITARY VEHICLE, A SOUND INVESTMENT FROM WHOM MANY REGARD AS BRITAIN’S LEADING TRANSPORT ARTIST. JUST E-MAIL mika@transportartist.co.uk

In the dark days of the summer of 1940 and the mass evacuation of British and French troops from Dunkirk it is often forgotten that other British units stranded elsewhere by the collapse of their French allies had little choice but to make good their escape to England from other ports.

On 7th June1940 with the battle for France still in full swing and AFTER the Dunkirk evacuation the 52nd {Lowland} Infantry Division landed at Cherbourg to support our French allies. Soon part of the 52nd, troops of the 157th Infantry Brigrade,were clashing with forward units of advancing German forces at Le Mans, but the next day on hearing of the French plea for an armistice they had no choice except to disengage the enemy to avoid capture and the brigade withdrew back to Cherbourg where remnants of the retreating 51st {Highland} Infantry Division were already being evacuated.

The painting shows the scene at the dockside with the troops embarking in good order and even vehicles, among them Austin, Ford and Morris Commercial, awaiting loading for the return to England, unlike at Dunkirk where hundreds of vehicles and valuable equipment had to be abandoned on the beach to be captured by the German Army and used by them against Allied forces. A despatch rider waits to deliver a message to the two officers talking to the military policeman in the centre of the picture while in the right foreground a sergeant loads a Bren gun into its box.

Four years later the 51st and 52nd divisions returned to Europe and fought their way with bravery from the Normandy beaches to Germany and final victory in 1945.

This painting, in acrylics on a 36″×48″ canvas,now hangs in the officers mess at Colington barracks Edinburgh home of the 52nd Lowland.

Please remember this image is my property and protected by copyright law.

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  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 5 years ago

    This is absolutely excellent. Please submit to the Military Vehicle Group Mike. – Ted

  • Colin Cartwright
    Colin Cartwrightalmost 5 years ago

    Absolutely astounding detail and colour, Mike. Is this an acrylic?
    What an ambitious, and superbly composed art work!

  • Mike Jeffries
    Mike Jeffriesalmost 5 years ago

    Hi Colin,
    It is acrylic but now I would use oils considering the size of the painting 30″×48″

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonalmost 5 years ago

    You are a master Mike. Your works are amazing!

  • Thanks, Leslie, keep painting but keep that lovely freshness in your work.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • rynoki
    rynokialmost 5 years ago

    Brilliant.

  • Thank you, rynoki, you’re a gentleman.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • Woodie
    Woodiealmost 5 years ago

    This is excellent. Perfect in every detail.
    I can remember, as a child, sitting/watching the dark tan coloured canvas lorry covers,laid out on the grass outside a factory, being camouflaged with darker paint. We were allowed to help sometimes!!LOL
    Cheers Neil

  • Guntis Jansons
    Guntis Jansonsalmost 5 years ago

    Great tones. Your work is amazing.

  • DalunE Khoang
    DalunE Khoangalmost 5 years ago

    what a masterpiece.great details and the style of the era it took place in.Bravo to you with your magnificence!

  • A. F. Branco
    A. F. Brancoalmost 5 years ago

    Very Good! Fantastic!

  • Thanks A.F. I’ll take a look at your site now.

    – Mike Jeffries

  • nellaevad
    nellaevadalmost 5 years ago

    Great work,such detail.

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