- THE GICLÉE STUDIO PROOFS -
ANNOUNCING THE GICLÉE STUDIO PROOF ON CANVAS
FEATURING ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC IMAGES IN THE ROBERT TAYLOR PORTFOLIO.
THE CHANNEL DASH
Undetected, the battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, together
with the cruiser Prinz Eugen and supporting vessels, had escaped
from the French port of Brest, and were making an audacious dash
- in broad daylight and under the noses of the enemy - to the safety
of the Elbe Estuary. But first they must sail through the Straits
of Dover, one of the narrowest and most heavily defended straits
in the world. Everything depended on surprise - and air cover.
Given the job of providing that air cover was one of Hitler’s
youngest Generals, Adolf Galland, who through diligent planning
and daring tactics ensured the operation was a complete success.
Galland later described the mission as one of the most important
and successful of his career.
Originally created as the first in the famous ‘Galland Trilogy’,
The Channel Dash, signed by Adolf Galland and veterans of Operation
Cerberus, became one of the most collectible limited editions ever
published by the Military Gallery. It is fitting therefore that
it is the latest to be enhanced by the creation of a new GICLÉE
STUDIO PROOF ON CANVAS.
THE COLLECTORS PORTFOLIO
Every Channel Dash Giclée Studio Proof is issued as a collectors
portfolio wich comprises a facsimile wartime photograph of General
ADOLF GALLAND, beautifully matted to conservation standards to include
a reproduction Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot’s clasp and Galland’s
THE CHANNEL DASH
75 Giclée Studio Proofs stretched on canvas
Issued with Galland photograph and original signature.
Overall Giclée Size: 36” wide x 24” high
On January 1st 1942, at just 29 years of age, Adolf
Galland was given full command of the Luftwaffe’s Fighter
Arm. Almost immediately Hitler gave his young General the onerous
task of providing air cover for one of the most daring naval operations
of World War II. Coded Operation Cerberus, the pride of the German
Navy – the two battlecruisers ‘Gneisenau’ and
‘Scharnhorst’ and the cruiser ‘Prinz Eugen’
– were ordered to leave the French port of Brest and make
a dash through the dangerous straits of the English Channel, to
the relative safety of the Elbe estuary.
The battle fleet would pass within a few miles of the British coast,
within easy striking distance of the RAF; secrecy, careful planning,
ample air cover and the element of surprise would be the key components
of the exercise. “Everything depends on the air umbrella with
which you have to cover the naval units”, Hitler told Galland.
That a commander so young should be given such responsibility directly
and personally by the Führer, speaks volumes for the esteem
in which General Galland was held by the German High Command.
22 year old Spitfire pilot Bobby Oxspring spotted the fleet and
– unaware of an imposition of radio silence – reported
the German warships to his base at Hawkinge on the Kent coast. Possibly
he was not believed as no action was taken. Adolf Galland knew that
Oxspring had blown the gaff but decided not to report it. Galland’s
gamble paid off: by not reacting to Oxspring’s warning he
gained vital time for the Germans.
So successful was the air protection afforded by Galland’s
pilots that the entire fleet made it through one of the narrowest,
most difficult and heavily defended straits in the world. The Channel
Dash is remembered today as one of the most remarkable air-sea adventures
of World War II and was described by Galland as one of the most
important and successful operations of his career.
Seen in Robert’s painting are Messerschmitt Me109s of JG-2
as they fly low escort above the mighty German Warships. In company
with a flotilla of escort vessels, the fleet is led by the ‘Scharnhorst’
followed by the ‘Gneisenau’ with the ‘ Prinz Eugen’
steaming up behind, as they round the tip of the Cherbourg Peninsula
at dawn on the morning of February 12, 1942.
Four Knight’s Cross holders, two JG-2 Me109 pilots and two
German Navy crew who sailed with the Channel Dash fleet have joined
the General in signing this historic edition making this one of
the most collectable limited edition prints ever published.
General Adolf Galland
Having lead squadron in the Spanish Campaign, Adolf Galland was
an experienced Ace by the time WW II commenced. He fought in the
Battles of Poland, France and Britain, leading the famous JG-26
Abbeville Boys in combat against the RAF’s best. In 1941 he
was promoted to ‘Inspector General of the Fighter Arm’,
a position he held until the end of 1944. In Feb.1942 Hitler selected
Galland personally to organise the fighter escort for the spectacular
‘Channel Dash’. He became the youngest General in the
German High Command. Open disagreements with Goering’s tactics
led to his dismissal. He reverted to combat flying, forming the
famous JV-44 jet wing. With 104 air victories, all in the West,
Adolf Galland received the Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves,
Swords and Diamonds.
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