No Man's Land by Richard Taylor
THE SECOND IN A SERIES COMMEMORATING THE GREAT WAR 1914 1918
On Friday 15 September 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, a new, unnerving sound was heard on the Western Front; a deep mechanical rumble accompanied by the ominous clanking of metal. Approaching their trench positions on the front line between the villages of Flers and Courcelette, German soldiers could see strange heavily-armoured vehicles lumbering slowly towards them.
Traversing the scarred and pitted landscape of No Mans Land with ungainly ease, the mammoth 28-ton beasts crushed the barbed wire defences that had, until now, stopped the British infantry in its tracks; targets to be mown down with impunity. Now, however, all the German rifle and machine gun fire could do was ricochet ineffectually of thick metal plates.
Then these lumbering machines opened fire, spewing death and destruction from two six-pounders and four machine guns. For the first time in the history of warfare an enemy was witnessing an attack by a tank; and the Germans fled.
Designed by the British as the ultimate weapon with which to break the bloody stalemate along much of the Western Front, these new armoured machines had been constructed in great secrecy under the guise of motorised water tanks; and the name tank was adopted. Initially they were slow, unreliable and diffi cult to operate but as the war progressed tanks became faster and more dependable. It wasnt long before they came to prominence.
In November 1917 the British launched a blistering offensive during the Battle of Cambrai, combining their infantry, artillery, tanks and aircraft in what is probably the first-ever display of wholly integrated warfare. Germany responded slowly and the first ever tank-vs-tank battle took place on 24 April 1918 between German A7Vs and British Mk.IVs at Villers- Bretonneux. But by the time the Allies carried out their fi nal offensive through the summer of 1918, they deployed hundreds of tanks which were instrumental in sending the German army reeling, and finally sue for peace.
Following the highly successful release The Front, acclaimed artist Richard Taylor has created another powerful pencil drawing in memory of the Allied soldiers and Tank crews who fought in the muddy morass of the Western Front. With an unsurpassed eye for detail he portrays a scene following the German Spring Offensive of 1918 where, in a landscape left broken and scarred by recent heavy fighting, troops attempt to recover an 18-pounder Gun. Helped by the presence of tanks, the British army has advanced into what was previously No Mans Land, whilst overhead Sopwith Camels patrol the newly-won territory.
Matching numbers to The Front are available for a limited time only.
A UNIQUE AND HIGHLY RESTRICTED EDITION
In memory of all those who fought with the Tank and Armoured Vehicle Corps during The Great War, each copy of No Mans Land is conservation matted to include a pair of ORIGINAL Campaign Medals which were actually issued to a member of the BRITISH TANK CORPS during WWI. Sourced and collected over a number of years, each medal has the recipient's Service, Rank, Name and Number impressed on them.
Fully certified and authenticated, no two medal groups are alike meaning each set in this extraordinary edition is unique and cannot be replicated.
THE BOOK - RISE OF THE TANK by Michael Foley
Each matted print is issued with a matching-numbered copy of this outstanding book written by military historian Michael Foley, presented in its own luxury embossed slipcase. The portfolio is accompanied by an individually printed Certificate of Authenticity which is unique to each set.
Regarded as one of the most gifted exponents of pencil drawing in the industry, Richard Taylor will hand-craft an original drawing in the lower margin of each print. Limited to fifteen copies worldwide they are a unique collector's piece.
THE DOUBLE REMARQUES
Issued with the serious collector in mind these special remarques, which are even larger and more elaborate, are limited to just TEN copies worldwide.
If you have a specific request for a drawing, please ask when placing your order and we will do our best to accommodate. Based on the response to The Front, the remarques will sell out quickly.
35 Great War Edition
5 Artist Proofs
10 Double Remarques