by Richard Taylor
Occupied by the Germans, by 1942 Norway had become vital to Hitler’s war in the East. With the Russians threatening to overrun Finland and attack Norway, the pilots of JG5 were tasked to support German ground forces, and to escort the incessant Luftwaffe attacks on Arctic Convoys from Britain to the vital Russian ports of Murmansk and Archangel. With such unpredictably harsh weather it was a life-or-death battle fought under extreme conditions.
For the pilots of JG5 — Eismeer, the Polar Sea Group, the sun never
set during the long summer months, and due to constant fog and storms
it was often impossible for pilots to return to base, often diverting
to other airstrips. But their darkest moment came in December 1944 their
Richard Taylor’s spectacular new painting portrays the MelO9s of
6./JG5 led by Oberleutnant Heinrich Ehrler, while based at Petsamo in
Finland, as they soar high above the towering peaks of ice capped mountains
glistening in the cold polar air, March 1943. Their dawn patrol keeps
constant vigil along the glacial fjords of the Norway’s far-northern
coastline, as the majestic vista gives the battle-hardened Me109 pilots
a brief moment of tranquillity far removed from the grim and bitter battles
being fought below. Richard’s new edition is signed by Luftwaffe
fighter Aces who were on the Polar Front, including two of the top fighter
Aces in history, guaranteeing this fine limited edition a place in the
portfolios of all serious collectors.
High in the Arctic Circle a bitter war of attrition was fought in freezing, unforgiving conditions, the desperate conflict played out against a majestic, awe-inspiring backdrop of beautiful ice-clad mountains
Overall print size: 33 7/8 wide x 23 1/8 high
Major ERICH RUDORFFER
These FOUR signature editions are additionally signed by:
Oberleutnant WALTER SCHUCK
Hauptmann KARL-FRITZ SCHLOSSSTEIN
25 Artist Proofs- 4 SIGNATURE -
25 Remarques - 4 SIGNATURE -
10 Double Remarques - 4 SIGNATURE -
THE POLAR FRONT REMARQUES (with four signatures)
The second de-luxe edition, will be restricted to just TEN COPIES, and to be issued with a DOUBLE SIZE remarque drawing. Full of detail and interesting content, these skillfully executed large remarque drawings will be relevant to the main picture, and measure approximately 10” wide.
example of double remarque
If you should have a special request, please enquire when placing your order, and the artist will do his best to be of assistance, but remember to order early as both editions are very limited in number
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