ABOUT Hang Tough: Bastogne 1944
December 24, 1944, north of Bastogne, Belgium…Within the Bois Jacques forest, paratroopers of “Easy” Company, 506thParatrooper Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne, filter back to their foxholes, having repelled an attack earlier in the day. On this frigid Christmas eve, Captain Dick Winters bolsters his men with his words, “Hang Tough”. Despite being surrounded and ill-equipped, the “Band of Brothers” would hold the line. Ultimately, the 101st Airborne would help turn the tide in the Battle of the Bulge.
The painting Hang Tough: Bastogne, 1944 was completed in 2006. This was the second in a series of “Band of Brothers” paintings by John Shaw, preceded by We Were a Band of Brothers (2004). This painting was commissioned, and a lithograph edition produced by the Pennsylvania-based publisher, Valor Studios. They have hosted a number of events with these great paratroopers, and have also published a third Shaw Band of Brothers title, The Eagle’s Nest, depicting the men of Easy Company celebrating the end of World War II high in the mountains near Berchtesgaden.