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The Battle for Normandy by zulumike The Battle for Normandy by zulumike
Once the beachheads were secured after D-Day, a three-week military buildup occurred on the beaches before Operation Cobra, the operation to break out from the Normandy beachhead, began. The battle for Normandy continued for more than two months, with campaigns to expand the foothold on France, and concluded with the closing of the Falaise Pocket on 24 August, the Liberation of Paris on 25 August, and the German retreat across the Seine which was completed on 30 August 1944.

The skies of July, 1944 are controlled by the allies as they begin to move east toward Berlin. This is a typical scene after the allies have established their foothold in France, here a P-47 evaluates a destroyed French village and a German Panzerkampfwagen IV (Pz.Kpfw. IV) tank that lays amongst the rubble, destroyed by the allies air force.

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The AC is from a download for FSX from SimV.com

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This project was painted and edited with Painter 12, Photoshop, VUE and Gimp. I have discovered a very powerful brush used to highlight many of the BG areas and the tank. It’s called a “softlight” brush and it really adds a nice effect to colors and light. This project took over 20 hrs including research and trying different technique until I was satisfied with final work. Thank for looking. Cheers, Mike
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NavJAG Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Really nice work! Sad thing about the battle of France is that the US and British generated far more civilian casualties in liberating France than the Germans did in invading and conquering. Of course their conquest of France was completed a lot quicker than its liberation.

Would have been a much different battle if the Germans were not getting their asses handed to them by the Russians and could have had only a one-front battle, and their command structure was not so fractured, and Hitler was not the supreme commander of the German forces.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, I appreciate it.
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jncarter Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent
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zulumike Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks John, I appreciate it. Cheers.
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Alighierian Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
it looks more like a pzkfwg IV than a panther to me...
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zulumike Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are correct, I have updated info, appreciate the feedback.
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MarcinMurach Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Almost like old photo. Great job.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You, glad you like the artwork.
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Kabuki101 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this, is awesome. Fantastic job.
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zulumike Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank You. Cheers.
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