New Legends & Heroes T-Shirt with a WW2 icon and a D-Day hero
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This terrific T-Shirt was created to commemorate 75 years since the D-Day Landings, it depicts Brigadier General Theodore 'Ted' Roosevelt standing in his personalised 'Rough Rider' Jeep.
At the age of 56, Ted Roosevelt was the oldest serving officer to fight on the beaches - providing inspiration and cool leadership to the GIs who followed him. He was the son of another Theodore Roosevelt who's 'Rough Rider' cavalry charge at the Battle of San Juan Hill in Cuba during the Spanish American War of 1898.
Some 640,000 Jeeps were built between 1941-5. Hugely successful, they were the workhorse of the Allied Forces in every theatre of war. Ted (standing) called his personal vehicle the 'Rough Rider' as a salute to the volunteer cavalry regiment commanded by his father in the American Spanish War .
Designed by the TT Store, the Rough Rider T-Shirt features an illustration silk-screened in 4 colours with a water based ink giving that lovely flat look plus a single colour on the back. Beautifully made by Fruit of the Loom in olive-green fine gauge 100% cotton, it sports a taped neckline and twin needle stitching detail. Soft and wonderfully comfortable - like all TT Store T-Shirts, Hoodies, Sweatshirts and Jackets - it's very durable and retains its shape machine-wash after machine-wash.
- Brigadier General Roosevelt was one of the first soldiers off his landing craft and led the 8th Infantry Regiment and 70th Tank Battalion landing at Utah Beach
- Outstandingly courageous, Roosevelt was nevertheless seriously ill and died from a heart attack a month later. He was posthumously awarded the highest US military decoration - the Medal of Honor - for his D-Day heroism. As well as being the son of the 26th President, Ted Roosevelt was also related to FDR - president during most of World War II
- The original design for the Jeep was put out to tender to 135 companies, giving them just 49 days to produce a working prototype. Only two replied: Bantam and Willys-Overland.
- Although Bantam's design was chosen, the company couldn't manufacture vehicles in sufficient volume - so Willys-Overland took over mass production.
- As demand for Jeeps increased, Ford also built them to the same US military specifications. To tell the vehicles apart, Ford had 'F' stamped on theirs, Willys followed with a 'W' stamped on the bolts and components