Skillfully led by their mercurial commander, SS-Hauptsturmführer
Michael Wittmann, the Tiger Tanks of s.SS-Pz. Abt. 101 blaze through a
shattered French village in the days following D-Day, June, 1944. Their
destination – Normandy!
Wittmann, holder of the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords was
one of the most successful German Tank Commanders in history, destroying
more than 138 enemy tanks, and over 140 artillery pieces.
A veteran of Kursk, he is particularly famous for his actions in Normandy,
when, on 13 June 1944 during the Battle of Villiers-Bocage, his small
company halted the advance of the British 22nd Armoured Brigade, destroying
30 British tanks, 14 half tracks, and 16 Bren-gun carriers. He was killed
in action on August 8th.
The latest release from the studio of military artist Richard Taylor is
truly outstanding and is surely one of his best paintings to date.
Every print in the Limited Edition, Artist Proof Edition, and Remarque
Editions have been personally signed by the artist, Richard Taylor, together
with THREE veterans of German Panzer units during WWII:
Obergefreiter HENRY METELMANN
called up in 1941 he joined the 22nd Panzer Division as a tank crew member
serving in the Crimea during the winter of 1941, the first of many tank
battles including the battle of Stalingrad. After evading capture in 1944
he joined a Panzer Division in the west, defending the Rhine against Patton’s
US 3rd Army.
Feldwebel HEINZ FELLBRICH
a veteran of the German Normandy campaign he served as a Paratrooper providing
ground support for various Armoured Panzer Divisions including Tiger Tank
Sturmann KARL-HEINZ DECKER
joining the German Army in 1943 he trained as a tank crewman and transferred
to the 12th Waffen SS Panzer Division in Belgium in 1944. Staying with
this elite unit in France during the Allied Invasion he fought throughout
the Normandy campaign, on D-Day, at Falaise and was eventually taken PoW.
400 Limited Edition prints with 3 signatures
25 Artist Proofs with 3 signatures
Overall Print Size: 35” wide x 21.5” high Image Size: 28.25”
wide x 15.75” high
Each Edition is individually hand-numbered Acid Free Permanent Paper
THE REMARQUE EDITIONS
Beautiful, highly-detailed and individually hand-crafted, Richard Taylor’s
pencil remarques are not only a joy to behold, but highly collectible
as well. Two Remarque editions will be issued with HOLDING THE LINE. The
first, limited to 25 copies, will each have an ORIGINAL pencil
remarque; the second, restricted to just TEN COPIES, will be issued with
a DOUBLE SIZE pencil remarque, measuring approximately 10” wide.
25 Remarques with 3 signatures
10 Double Remarques with 3 signatures
THE TRIBUTE PROOFS
Now is the time to invest in an original work of art by this exceptional
and rapidly developing artist. Richard Taylor has created ten substantial
and unique original pencil drawings, supreme examples
of the artist’s breath-taking skill. Each drawing is signed by SIX
World War II Panzer Commanders and crew – all holders of the coveted
Knight’s Cross, to create an unrivalled piece for true collectors
of modern military history. Overall paper size - 16.5" x 11.75"
Issued together with all the components of the Limited Edition, the drawings
are additionally signed by the following:
OTTO CARIUS - German Army – Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
GERHARD FISCHER - German Army – Knight’s Cross
WALTHER GIRG - Waffen SS – Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
ALBERT KERSCHER - Germany Army – Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
NORBERT KUJACINSKI - German Army – Knight’s Cross
RICHARD RUDOLF - Waffen SS – Knight’s Cross
10 Tribute Proofs with NINE signatures
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Richard Taylor is a young talent not to be ignored. His abounding enthusiasm
for painting aircraft, and the distinctive natural flair of this young
professional artist is clearly demonstrated in this, his very first aviation
painting to be issued as a limited edition. In joining The Military Gallery
– the same international publishing house that has represented his
illustrious father over 30 years – Richard Taylor is set to carve
out an exciting career for himself: a career that the most discerning
collectors of the genre will no doubt wish to hold a stake in from the