COLDITZ – UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT

by Nicolas Trudgian

COLDITZ – UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT - NICHOLAS-TRUDGIAN-AVIATION-ART

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COLDITZ – UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT by Nicolas Trudgian

Colditz – a forbidding medieval castle near Leiptzig, Germany - remains one of the most potent symbols of the Second World War. Reputed to be the Nazis most escape proof prison this grim castle is the most notorious PoW camp in history with the distinction of being the only German prison that had more guards than prisoners.

The castle was specifically used to impound incorrigible Allied oficers who had repeatedly escaped from other camps but putting so many experienced serial escapers in one place proved to be a rather questionable idea. Despite more conventional escape route gradually being sealed off by the Germans, members of "The Colditz Escape Academy" continue to jump, tunnel and sneak out of this 'inescapable' prison in surprising numbers.

Early in the war Hermann Goering made a public declaration that Colditz was 'escape proof' but he was to be proven wrong tim and time again, and over 300 attempts were made during the course of the war, with more than 130 prisoners escaping and 31 succeccfully reaching home. When captured, the result was three weeks in the solitary confinement block, however this didn't stop prisoners inventing more elaborate ways of escaping, even catapulting themselves out of high windows, and of course the famous design and building of a sophisticated glider.


This new edition, reproduced from a pencil drawing by Nicolas Trudgian, depicts the imposing castle shortly after being liberated by American troops in April 1945. In the foreground below a Sherman Tank of the 9th Armoured division stands on watch, close to the sign that was erected by the US 69th Infantry Division.

THE SIGNATURES

The edition is personally signed by veterans that were inmates of Colditz during WWII, and this extraordinary release represents an illustration of human resilience and ingenuity, and is likely to be highly sought after by collectors and historians alike.

THE LIMITED EDITION

Along with artist Nicolas Trudgian, these prints are also signed by a soldier who spent two years in Colditz during WWII - Major PETER PARKER

Overall size 14.5" x 12"


200 Signed & numbered prints with one signature

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