The Third Commemorative Edition in ‘The Battle of Britain Trilogy’
ADLERTAG’ (EAGLE DAY)
-that was Hitler’s code name for the start of the Luftwaffe’s
great and decisive aerial offensive that was intended to bring the RAF
to its knees, clear the skies of Spitfires and Hurricanes above the South
Coast of England and prepare the way for the 250,000 German troops standing
in readiness to cross the Channel.
Like fighter pilots of any airforce the Me109 Geschwaders of the Luftwaffe
were made up almost entirely of young men who simply wanted to fly. Primed
and ready these combat-experienced pilots were eager for battle. The disadvantage
of fighting at the extremity of their range – often allowing them
no more than 10 minutes of actual combat – was balanced by well
tried battle tactics, great leadership and undisputed courage.
Aldertag saw twelve hours of almost continuous battle, and the uniquely
talented aviation artist Robert Taylor takes up the story on this momentous
13th August 1940 when the Luftwaffe staged their most concentrated attacks.
A swarm of Me109’s peel off to attack a bunch of Spitfires which
have dived out of the sun upon a large formation of HE 111 bombers. Already
the lead pair of Me109s are bringing their guns to bear and moments later
the two pilots in the foreground will flick-roll their fighters and follow
Overall print size:
36 inches wide x 26 inches high.
Signed by the artist Robert Taylor and Adolf Galland, Gunther Rall,
Dieter Hrabak, Walter Krupinski
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