On D-Day, 6 June 1944, the Regina Rifles Regiment landed in Normandy, France as part of the 7thInfantry Brigade, 3rdCanadian Infantry Division. They landed on the Nan Green sector at Courseulles, which was the most heavily fortified position of the Anglo-Canadian beaches. 'A' Company landed at 8:05, followed by 'B' Company at 8:15, 'C' Company at 8:35 and 'D' Company at 8:55.
Upon landing 'A' Company was under immediate attack by the German artillery and machine guns as the preliminary bombardment had failed to knock out many German defensive positions. Fortunately fourteen DD tanks of the 1stHussars made it ashore ahead of the infantry and engaged the guns. Together, (Infantry and Armoured Corps), they succeeded in fighting their way off the beach. By end of a hard, bitter fighting day, the Regina's had secured their D-Day objective and controlled all of Courseulles and its port at the mouth of the Seulles River.
They continued to fight in North-West Europe until the end of the war.
This regiment was designated on 24 October 1984 as The Royal Regina Rifles.
The Regina Rifle Regiment
This portrait is part of a series entitled “Storming Juno”.
• It is an open edition and printed on water colour paper using archival inks.
• The size is 12”x18” (for easy to find standard framing).
• The print and certificate of authenticity is signed by the artist Silvia Pecota.
• It is packaged in a clear envelope + archival board and shipped flat.