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Sculpture by Anilore Banon

This memorial created by Anilore Banon stands on Omaha Beach in the village of St.Laurent-sur-Mer in Normandy, France and commemorates the soldiers that fell on the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. The memorial was dedicated on June 5 2004, for the 60th anniversary of the invasion.

Monument to the Americans who helped liberating France during WW II. It consists of three elements: The Wings of Hope, Rise of Freedom and The Wings of Fraternity. Executed by Anilore Banon, 2004.

Omaha Beach, Normandy, france.

Monument du sculpteur Anilore Banon en acier et inox installée le 5 juin 2004.

Debout la liberté (milieu) Les ailes de l'espoir et les ailes de la fraternité.

 

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Fort coefficient de marée, pluie et bonnes bourrasques... Ça tape en cette veille de Pâques !

 

"Les Braves"

 

Les Braves is a war memorial that is located on the shores of Omaha Beach in the village of St. Laurent-sur-Mer in Normandy, France and commemorates the fallen American soldiers, of World War ll who have lost their lives on the beaches of Normandy, June 6th 1944.

  

The memorial represents three elements: The Wings of Hope, Rise Freedom, and the Wings Of Fraternity. French sculptor Anilore Banon, created the monument in 2004, commissioned by the French government to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the D-Day Invasion Of Normandy. In the center, there are seven stainless steel columns and a group of five columns that curve upwards, two columns stand upright, with the tallest reaching 30 feet. Stainless steel wings gracefully stand on both sides.

  

Intended only as a temporary art piece, the sculpture still stands on the shores of Omaha Beach widely due to public interest and petition. The sculpture has been described as a blend of art and nature and has been able to withstand the forces of nature surprisingly well.

 

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A masterpiece from Anilore Banon, built on Omaha Beach, Normandy, in memory of the 3000 soldiers who died there in June '44.

 

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Back in Normandy, France, with this monument of Anilore Banon, built on Omaha Beach, in memory of the 3000 soldiers who died there in June '44.

 

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Omaha Beach, Monument "Les Braves" - Easy Green sector.

 

Omaha Beach

 

Omaha was divided into ten sectors, codenamed (from west to east): Able, Baker, Charlie, Dog Green, Dog White, Dog Red, Easy Green, Easy Red, Fox Green and Fox Red. On june 6, 1944 -D-Day - the initial assault on Omaha was to be made by two Regimental Combat Teams (RCT), supported by two tank battalions, with two battalions of Rangers also attached. The RCT's were part of the veteran 1st Infantry division ("The Big Red One") and the untested 29th ("Blue and Grey") , a National Guard unit.

 

The plan was to make frontal assaults at the "draws" (valleys) in the bluffs which dominate the coast in Normandy , codenamed west to east they were called D-1, D-3, E-1, E-3 and F-1 . These draws could then be used to move inland with reserves and vehicles.

 

The Germans were not stupid; they knew the draws were vital and concentrated their limited resources in defending them. To this end they built "Widerstandsneste" with AT guns, mortars, MG's in Tobrul's, trenches and bunkers, manned by soldiers of the German 716th and - more recently - 352nd Infantry Division, a large portion of whom were teenagers, though they were supplemented by veterans who had fought on the Eastern Front. All in all some 1100 German soldiers defended the entire Omaha beach sector of over 5 miles.

 

Preliminary bombardments were almost totally ineffective and when the initial waves landed at low tide they met with fiece opposition of an enemy well dug in and prepared.

 

Casualties were heaviest amongst the troops landing at either end of Omaha. At Fox Green and Easy Red, scattered elements of three companies were reduced to half strength by the time they gained the relative safety of the shingle, many of them having crawled the 300 yards (270 m) of beach just ahead of the incoming tide. Casualties were especially heavy amongst the first waves of soldiers and the gap assault teams - at Omaha these were tasked with blasting channels through the beach obstacles. German gunfire from the bluffs above the beach took a heavy toll on these men. The demolition teams managed to blast only six complete gaps and three partial ones; more than half their engineers were killed in the process.

 

Situation at Dog Green and on Easy Red on the other end of Omaha by mid morning was so bad with nearly all the troops essentially pinned down on the beach gen. Eisenhower seriously considered to abandon the operation; in "First Wave at OMAHA Beach", S.L.A. Marshall, chief U.S. Army combat historian, called it "an epic human tragedy which in the early hours bordered on total disaster."

 

As the US first waves assault forces and combat engineers landing directly opposite the "draws" were pinned down it was up to forces landing on the flanks of the strongpoints to penetrate the weaker German defences by climbing the bluffs. Doing this they had to overcome the minefields and barbed wire as well as machinegun fire from German positions but they did and they were able to attack some key strongpoints from the side and the rear, taking them out by early afternoon.

This happened on several spots at Omaha and essentially saved the day: individual acts of initiative by lower ranked officers and courage like that of First Lieutenant Jimmy Monteith, who led a group of men to take one of the key German widerstandsneste and was killed in action, succeeded where a flawed plan failed.

  

On the photo: Monument Les Braves

 

This monument was erected in 2004 roughly on the border of Dog Red and Easy Green sectors, at the St. Laurent draw. It was commissioned by the French government to celebrate the 60th anniversary of D-Day in 2004. It was designed by artist Anilore Banon . The memorial represents three elements: The Wings of Hope, Rise of Freedom, and the Wings Of Fraternity.

 

Shot with a Nikon D7000 and Tamron 28-25mm F2.8 lens, august 2012. Tonemapped using three differently exposed (handheld) shots.

 

See my other Omaha beach photo's for more viewpoints, panorama shots and notes on the fighting

 

My set of photo's of the British invasion beaches and other interesting places connected to D-Day

To remember the soldiers who lost their lives on this beach during the d-day landings Anilore Banon was commissioned to create a sculpture. This sculpture "Les Braves" is split into three elements, "The Wings of Hope", "Rise of Freedom" and "The Wings of Fraternity".

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The sculpture by Anilore Banon, "The Braves". He created this to honour the courage of these men: sons, husbands and fathers, who endangered and often sacrificed their lives in the hope of freeing the French people.

 

This is where the American landed but they were only a part of the invasion forces along the whole Normandy coast.

 

Sculpture en acier réalisée en 2004 par l’artiste française, Anilore Banon, elle s’étend sur 15 m de long et s’élève à 9 m de hauteur.

Cet ensemble de 3 sculptures "Les braves" (9 mètres de hauteur et 15 mètres de largeur) est l'oeuvre d'Anilore Banon. Elles ont été érigées sur la plage de Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer (Omaha beach) lors du soixantième anniversaire du débarquement et n'avaient reçu qu'une autorisation d'occupation temporaire de trois mois. Trois ans après, elles sont toujours en place mais sont menacées par l'application de la "loi littoral" qui interdit toute construction sur la plage.

Normandy France, September 2013

 

Omaha Beach at Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, a view towards the "Les Braves" Monument.

This beautiful monument was made by Anilore Banon.

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Image taken with a Xenar equiped Rolleiflex 3,5A Automat TLR.

Fuji Reala 100 film.

Scanned with a Plustek Opticfilm 120 at 2650ppi. Downscaled to 1325ppi.

Monument des Braves à St Laurent-sur-Mer. Ce monument commémoratif situé sur la plage d'Omaha Beach (secteur de Saint Laurent sur mer) , est une oeuvre du sculpteur Anilore Banon dédiée au courage des soldats des Forces alliées.

'Les Braves' has 3 elements:

The Wings of Hope

Rise Freedom!

The Wings of Fraternity.

It was designed by sculptor Anilore Banon and commissioned by the French government to celebrate the 60th anniversary in 2004.

St Laurent su Mer - France, Normandie, Calvados

Scultura Les Braves di Anilore Banon

Anilore BANON, sculpteur, a réalisé un ensemble de 3 sculptures monumentales intitulées "LES BRAVES" avec "Debout la liberté" encadrée par "Les ailes de l'espoir" et par "Les ailes de la fraternité" mises en place sur le sable d'Omaha à St Laurent/Mer pour le 6 juin 2004.

Le titre de l'oeuvre, "Les braves", évoque le débarquement au travers du courage de ces hommes venus nous libérer en nous apportant liberté et espoir mais aussi des valeurs fortes comme la tolérance, la démocratie, l'indépendance, la fraternité entre les hommes et les peuples. Cette liberté retrouvée se manifeste par la symbolique de cette oeuvre, implantée dans le sable d'Omaha, là où le 6 juin 1944 près de 35.000 hommes ont débarqué au péril de leur vie.

N'oublions jamais les 3000 morts, disparus ou blessés au soir du 6 juin 1944 tombés sur cette plage.

Standing in the centre of Omaha Beach is the monument to the Americans who helped to liberate France.The nine-meter tall stainless steel sculpture by Anilore Banon honours all those men who landed here at Omaha Beach

Anilore BANON, sculpteur, qui a déjà présenté sur la place Vendôme à Paris fin 2000, de monumentales sculptures intitulées "Statuts de Liberté" en rapport avec les 10 commandements, réalise un ensemble de 3 sculptures monumentales intitulées "LES BRAVES" avec "Debout la liberté" encadrée par "Les ailes de l'espoir" et par "Les ailes de la fraternité" qui seront mises en place sur le sable d'Omaha à St Laurent/Mer pour le 6 juin 2004. Pour le 60° anniversaire du débarquement le sculpteur installera une oeuvre monumentale et symbolique au pied des marches du monument Signal du site d'Omaha Beach à Saint Laurent sur Mer.

Le titre de l'oeuvre, "Les braves", évoque le débarquement au travers du courage de ces hommes venus nous libérer en nous apportant liberté et espoir mais aussi des valeurs fortes comme la tolérance, la démocratie, l'indépendance, la fraternité entre les hommes et les peuples. Cette liberté retrouvée se manifeste par la symbolique de cette oeuvre, implantée dans le sable d'Omaha, là où le 6 juin 1944 près de 35.000 hommes ont débarqué au péril de leur vie.

N'oublions jamais les 3000 morts, disparus ou blessés au soir du 6 juin 1944 tombés sur cette plage. La liberté, comme les Gi's, se redresse pour affronter et vaincre la barbarie

-au centre, l'oeuvre intitulée "Debout la liberté" commémore le courage des hommes qui se lèvent et se dressent contre le totalitarisme.

Les voiles évoquent la mer d'où sont arrivés les libérateurs:

 

-à droite, "les ailes de l'espoir" illustrent l'espérance d'un monde plus heureux, et commémore l'engagement de ceux qui aujourd'hui continuent le combat pour la démocratie.

-à gauche, "les ailes de la fraternité" illustrent cette approche fraternelle de l'humanité qui responsabilise chacun et commémore l'engagement de ceux qui combattent pour l'établissement et le respect d'une égalité universelle des Droits de l'homme.

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Monumento en honor a los caídos en el desembarco de Normandía.

 

En la playa de Les Braves, el escultor francés Anilore Banon rinde su tributo a los soldados con una escultura en la playa que simula alas de libertad brotando de las arenas y el agua.

Omaha beach

Plage du débarquement

Monument "Les braves" d'Anilore Banon (2004)

Omaha Beach Memorial (Artist: Anilore Banon)

Monument des Braves à St Laurent-sur-Mer. Ce monument commémoratif situé sur la plage d'Omaha Beach (secteur de Saint Laurent sur mer) , est une oeuvre du sculpteur Anilore Banon dédiée au courage des soldats des Forces alliées.

I absolutely loved this modern sculpture, set as a tribute to those who paid the ultimate price on these beaches.

 

How can anyone adequately that? Realistically - how can that ever be possible.

 

Yet somehow Anilore Banon has managed a hugely impressive, beautiful, bold and deeply meaningful piece of art.

 

Stunning - absolutely stunning!

 

The sculpture appears to reach out of the water towards the observer and one is drawn in to reach for it.

"Les Brave" sculpture by Anilore Banon located on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. Memorializes the brave young men that landed on this beach on D-Day. "Those kids who landed on D-Day were just 18," she explained. "They had futures. To give us freedom, they gave up their own. That is the very best of humanity."

Après avoir fait un saut en Normandie me voilà de retour des limites nord de l’Armorique avec quelques photos évoquant les 70 ans du débarquement en Normandie. Toute la région est mobilisée pour accueillir le monde entier, les drapeaux des alliés sont de sortie partout et le 6 juin promet d’être un évènement majeur.

Cette sculpture de l’artiste Anilore Banon se dresse sur Omaha Beach, intitulée « Les Braves » elle est entourée par deux autres groupes : les ailes de la liberté et celles de la Fraternité. Cette œuvre évoque la tolérance, la démocratie, l’indépendance, et la fraternité entre les hommes.

Omaha Beach est l’une des cinq plages du débarquement du 6 juin 44 et était affectée aux troupes américaines, elle fut aussi la plus sanglante. Longue de 8 km elle était défendue par 2000 allemands et le mur de l’atlantique. 34250 américains y débarquèrent malgré les erreurs et les difficultés du début de journée, les défenses ennemies étant restées intactes et les conditions météo difficiles.

1000 américains sont tués et 2000 sont blessés (30 % des pertes du 6 juin. Les premières barges avaient débarqué à 5 H 20, la zone est tenue à 17 H 20. C’est le début de la bataille de Normandie.

Tous ces lieux de mémoire en Normandie sont admirablement mis en valeur, la foule promet d’être nombreuse, ceci pour ne pas oublier le sacrifice de nombreux jeunes, un devoir de mémoire impératif, surtout lorsqu’à la vue des dernières élections, l’histoire à tendance à se répéter.

 

"LES BRAVES" d'Anilore BANON

Anilore Banon's Omaha Beach monument, Les Braves on the beach.

Les Moulins, Normandy.

"Les Braves", a sculpture by Anilore Banon as a memorial to the American Forces on Omaha Beach.

Les Braves, by French sculptor Anilore Banon set up on Omaha Beach makes a moving statement I think that out does conventional attempts to portray just what happen that June day in 1944.

Les Braves - French sculptor Anilore Banon's tribute to the soldiers.

"Les Brave" sculpture by Anilore Banon located on Omaha Beach, Normandy, France. Memorializes the brave young men that landed on this beach on D-Day. "Those kids who landed on D-Day were just 18," she explained. "They had futures. To give us freedom, they gave up their own. That is the very best of humanity."

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