"U.S. Army" Art Special Christmas-and-Christmas Theme

In the broadest sense, the artwork for "U.S. Army" contains a notably moving "Christmas-and-Christmas" theme, one of which concerns an important 2019 anniversary.

At the top left hand corner of "U.S. Army" Wall Art, George Washington crosses the Delaware River, with the Betsy Ross flag flying.  This operation started Christmas morning, 1776 and victoriously concluded the following day.

In the left middle section of "U.S. Army" Wall Art, is "Cobra King," an M4A3E2 Assault Tank, or Sherman "Jumbo," assigned to Company C, 37th Tank Battalion, 4th Armored Division, the "Name Enough," Third Army.  Of all the M4 tanks manufactured for the war, only 254 "Jumbos" were built, less than 1% of the total production run.

You see "First in Bastogne" chalked on "Cobra King's" turret.  At the time of the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944, then Lt. Colonel Creighton W. Abrams, Jr., commanded the 37th Tank Battalion.  He’s the officer after whom Congress named the M1 Abrams tank in 1980.

Lt. Colonel Abrams and the 37th received orders to break through German lines and begin the relief of the 101st Airborne Division's paratroopers, surrounded in the Belgian town of Bastogne. 

"Cobra King" led the attack column, which succeeded in its mission on December 26, 1944, exactly 168 years to the day of Washington’s victory at Trenton.  Quite literally, "Cobra King" was the first tank to drive into Bastogne.

2019 marks the 75th anniversaries of both the D-Day landings and the Battle of the Bulge.  "U.S. Army" Wall Art commemorates and honors the memory of both events and much more.

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