COMMEMORATING THE 70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ATTACK ON PEARL
THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF RELEASES FROM THE MILITARY GALLERY
HONORING THE MEN THAT FOUGHT IN THE DEFENSE OF PEARL HARBOR - DECEMBER
It was a quiet Sunday morning. On the deck of the battleship California
the duty watch was at ease whilst others relaxed, enjoying the warm breeze
that blew lazily through the towering superstructure of their ship, the
flagship of the US Pacific Fleet. It was a similar scene on board the
six other battleships moored quietly on the eastern side of Ford Island
at Pearl Harbor, the Navy’s vast and seemingly impregnable anchorage
on the Pacific Island of Oahu. America, unlike the countries of Europe,
was still at peace.
Yet the Japanese had more sinister ambitions. On that fateful Sunday morning
when they unleashed their infamous, unprovoked attack, surprise was complete.
Within a few terrifying minutes, carrier borne Nakajima B5N Kate dive-bombers
had ripped apart the neatly parked ranks of American fighters at airfields
over the island. As the frantic call went out “Air raid, Pearl Harbor,
this is no drill”, the Japanese aircraft had already begun their
ferocious attack on the US fleet.
Seventy years ago the world stood open-mouthed in shock as it learned
of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor. In tribute to all those that took
part in the actions on December 7 1941, Anthony Saunders’ poignant
new painting recreates the scene as the stricken California comes under
yet another sustained attack from Aichi D-3A Val dive-bombers. A lone
P-40 Warhawk, heavily out-numbered and one of only a handful to get airborne
from the shattered airfields, has stormed into the attack in a valiant
attempt to stem the tide of destruction.
Of the many thousand US soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen that witnessed
the dreadful spectacle on December 7, just a handful remain with us today.
The Military Gallery is therefore honored that two of these veterans,
both of whom were in action on Battleship Row that fateful morning aboard
the USS Tennessee, sister ship of the California, have personally signed
each print, endorsing this dramatic new edition.
Chief Petty Officer CLARENCE E. LUX USN
Chief Boatsman EDWARD WISE USN
Overall Print Size: 26 ½”x 19 5/8” Image size: 21 3/8”
x 14 1/8”
350 Signed and Numbered
25 Artist Proofs
10 Double Remarques
Anthony’s remarques are becoming increasingly collectable and many
are sold out in his previous editions. Numbers are highly limited to just
twenty five copies and there will be a special edition of just TEN double
remarques. His pencil work is outstanding and demand is always high, so
please contact us as soon as possible - especially if you would like to
reserve a specific number.
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