The Vintage D-Day Mandolin is a testament to the importance of music in raising morale during wartime. One of the most important and historic musical instruments of World War II, the original 1940 war issue Regal mandolin was inscribed with the names of the crew of the LCT 639 who landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy and included the message: “God helped us. USS LCT 639 hit (Omaha) the beach off France on June 6 1944.” (Read more about their story at www.torcrosstank.com.) This reproduction features white ash body, nyatoh neck, Indonesian rosewood fingerboard, and aged hardware. The mandolin is responsive and easy to play. It comes with a case, full-color souvenir booklet, and a certificate of authenticity documenting the story behind it.