Ike's Gamble (Video Below)
Ike's Gamble is our tribute to the men of D-Day and also the classic American rifle, the M1 Garand.
The name of course honors Dwight Eisenhower who as Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force had the weight of the go/no go decision fall on his shoulders alone when his team was split due to potentially disastrous weather conditions that morning of June 6, 1944. He took a gamble and sent them in, while also taking the time to write a press release stating the invasion had failed and assuming full responsibility (just in case it was needed).
The inside map displays the main attack zone for Operation Overlord with landing craft representing the nations assigned to particular beaches (US, British, and Canadian), along with landing zones for the US 82nd and 101st Airborne. Mirrored below is the unit patch of the main division (along with their often famous nicknames) assigned to assault each location, in addition to sand or soil I collected from each spot. The rifle is a 1942 Springfield M1 Garand which most of the Americans would have been carrying that day (See notes below on sand and rifle).
Some quick notes on the details:
The shield on the front is a carved representation of the patch of the office of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF). This was Ike’s department. Doing some research on this I found out the flaming sword stands for the military might of the Allies cutting though the black background representing Nazi oppression/tyranny, with the wide blue being the blue skies of peace they were fighting towards (after the war the entire patch was changed to a blue background). The multi-color stripes represent the individual allied nations.
The stripes on the top represent the invasion stripes which were painted on every Allied plane from D-Day on to avoid friendly fire incidents.
The white star with circle represents the star often used on US armor and jeeps during that period.
The artwork on the cover is the classic view of D-Day from the Allied soldiers' perspective as they approached the beaches, drawn by Bruce Walters.
Please note that the design of the prototype for Ike's Gamble limited the overall size of the piece and as a result, one division was selected to represent each objective, which explains why the US 29th Infantry is not currently included. Please reach out to discuss any modifications which may be desired.
Lead time is 3-4 months once construction begins (pending orders in the pipeline)
Please note the case would not come with the M1 Garand, Bayonet, or Ammo. The case will include authentic sand and soil from the actual invasion sites.
Dimensions (Closed): 48.5" Wide x 9" Tall x 16" Deep
Dimensions (Opened): 48.5" Wide x 19.75" Tall x 18.5" Deep
Price: Please Contact for Pricing