The Big Red One on D-Day


Acclaimed artist Keith Rocco has partnered again with Lombardy Studios to offer several illustrated D-Day books, paintings and images in a unique informational poster, a board game, and more!

Keith Rocco’s meticulous research, aided by the museum staff, archives, and artifacts of the First Infantry Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois, enabled Keith to produce two large detailed wall murals and portraits that capture the incredible action of these two fateful days.



A 112-page hardcover book (cover shown above)

In images and words this new book honors the courage of the men of the Big Red One (BRO) at Omaha Beach, Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944, and the following day.

With additional research and narrative written by Gerald D. Swick who wrote for and edited D-Day 75th Anniversary: A Millennials Guide (Monroe Publications). He authored articles for the Encyclopedia of World War II: A Social, Political, and Military History (ABC-CLIO), and he has written for many magazines. His narrative nonfiction writing has received a literary fellowship and a Press Association Lifestyles Writing Award.

A 20-page graphic history (comic) Bloody Omaha

The perfect introduction to or summary about D-Day and World War Two. This soft-cover concise synopsis uses some of Keith Rocco’s art and Gerald Swick’s abridged text in a graphic novel–style format. See the slideshow for sample 2-page spreads.

The June 6 and June 7 Wall Murals – A 6-page foldout that shows both wall murals with reference numbers and descriptive text explaining the scenes in the murals.



Sign up for an email notification when the crowdfunding campaign begins in late-June. The crowdfunding campaign will include these additional items:

  • A 10-page informational POSTER (foldout) by artist, historian, and filmmaker Michael Akkerman featuring illustrations of American and German uniforms and equipment, and new, never-before-seen color art of German defenses at Omaha Beach. The poster also includes a map showing all five landing beaches along the Normandy coast along with a “what if” exploration of alternative outcomes if General Bradley decided to cancel the Omaha assault.
  • A solitaire and 2-player BOARD GAME of the amphibious assault at Omaha Beach that uses hidden defenses, variable landings, random events, playing-card-enhanced opportunities and challenges, and more. FREE DOWNLOADABLE PLAYTEST PRINT-N-PLAY FILES AVAILABLE NOW HERE!

  • BONUS ITEMS to be announced during the crowdfunding campaign!

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