In 1942, it was decided by Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin that the mainland of Europe had to be invaded and taken by overwhelming force. This began the planning for "Operation Overlord." Two years later, on the morning of June 6, 1944, the invasion of Normandy began. The first wave battled incredible odds in these dark hours and succeeded through their outstanding bravery and heroic initiative. In a letter to all invading forces, General Dwight D. Eisenhower stated, "The tide has turned! The free men of the world are marching together to victory." The sergeant who is meticulously sculpted in this handcrafted statue is a squad leader dressed in standard fatigues. He has brogans and leggings and is armed with a Thompson .45 caliber sub-machine gun and a model 1911A Colt .45 caliber pistol. D-Day - First Wave measures approx 11 inches high and is the first sculpture in the Military Metal Series.