ANNOUNCING THE LAUNCH OF A NEW SERIES TO COMMEMORATE
THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN FROM THE WORLDS MOST COLLECTED AVIATION ARTIST
THE HARDEST DAYS – PART ONE
In just six weeks Hitler’s forces had overrun Western Europe as
once-proud armies swiftly fell before the might of the German ‘Blitzkrieg’.
It was a devastating defeat, and now only Britain stood alone. Few thought
she could survive.
As Churchill pledged that Britain would never surrender, a German invasion
seemed inevitable. But before any invasion could take place the Luftwaffe
must neutralise the RAF and win control of the skies over southern England.
Awaiting them was a small, but resilient band of young men, the pilots
of RAF Fighter Command.
On 12 August, the Germans turned their full attention to the forward fighter
bases and radar stations, hoping to obliterate them once and for all.
From Norway in the north, through the Low Countries and northern France
to Brittany in the west, the Luftwaffe threw every available aircraft
into the attack. For the young men of Fighter Command the next seven days
of fighting would leave them exhausted and all but spent: They were to
be the hardest days of the Battle of Britain, culminating on Sunday 18
Robert Taylor’s magnificent new masterwork, Air Armada, recreates
a moment on that day as Heinz Bär, the Luftwaffe’s top-scoring
NCO Ace of the Battle of Britain and one of the greatest Aces in history,
climbs away from his airfield near Calais with the other pilots of 1./JG51
to escort the Do17s of KG76 for yet another deadly attack on the RAF.
Away in the distance, Me110s from EPRG 210 also prepare to join the epic
encounters that lie ahead.
Overall Print Size: 33” wide x 25¼” high
This historic new edition carries the original signatures of prominent
Luftwaffe Aces that flew in combat during the Battle of Britain.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Each print is personally signed by artist Robert Taylor, and individually
hand-numbered; together with two famous Luftwaffe
fighter Aces who flew and fought in the Battle of Britain.
Oberst HAJO HERRMANN
Major HANS-EKKEHARD BOB
Edition Size - 450
Limited Edition 2 Signatures signed & numbered prints
THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION
With all the components of ‘The Limited Edition’, this special
FIVE signature Anniversary Edition has been
additionally signed by three of the most highly respected Luftwaffe veterans
who fought in the Battle of Britain:
Major ERICH RUDORFFER
Generalleutnant GÜNTHER RALL
Oberleutnant HEINRICH SUDEL
THE ANNIVERSARY EDITION with FIVE signatures
350 Anniversary Edition - 5 signatures
25 Artist Proofs - 5 signatures
Air Armada is the first in Robert Taylor’s new Battle of Britain
Trilogy entitled The Hardest Days, issued to commemorate the 70th Anniversary
of the battle. All three prints in this inspirational new series will
focus on these ‘Hardest Days’ to provide a unique snapshot
in time. It will be a memorable series, and for that reason all serious
collectors will be guaranteed matching numbers throughout the trilogy
providing they are requested at the outset
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