This antique French (Normandy) cider or wine jug is made of barrel oak decorated with polished brass rings and further embellished with a crest on the front with castle and leaf motifs. It measures 9.5” Diameter, 13.5” Height and is in excellent condition.
The Normandy invasion and breakout was a classic example of combined arms, mechanized, air-land warfare in the Second World War. Over the decades, the campaign has become one of military history’s most important and enduring examples.
Tactical Air Control in Normandy
During Operation Overlord, Allied tactical air control developed into an effective system for controlling aircraft on the ground. The use of radar had been introduced during the Sicilian and Italian campaigns, but in Normandy and the subsequent European campaign, it reached its highest level of refinement.
In the early stages of the Normandy operation, it was a major concern for many commanders that the air forces would be able to coordinate their actions with ground forces. Fortunately, the Allied air forces were well prepared for such an operation, with a variety of aircraft capable of performing multiple missions and with advanced systems for monitoring terrain, weather, and enemy positions.
It was this ability to communicate and collaborate with each other that enabled the Allied forces to establish a powerful air presence in Normandy. For example, the Ninth Air Force’s IX Tactical Air Command and the 2 TAF’s 83 Group worked together as a team in coordinating the flight operations of aircraft in their sectors of the Normandy beachhead.