Arctic Hunters By Richard Taylor
Occupied by the Germans, by 1942 Norway had become vital to Hitlers war in the East. With the Russians threatening to overrun Finland and attack Norway, the pilots of JG5 were tasked to support German ground forces, and to escort the incessant Luftwaffe attacks on Arctic Convoys from Britain to the vital Russian ports of Murmansk and Archangel. With such unpredictably harsh weather it was a life-or-death battle fought under extreme conditions.
For the pilots of JG5 Eismeer, the Polar Sea Group, the sun never set during the long summer months, and due to constant fog and storms it was often impossible for pilots to return to base, often diverting to other airstrips. But their darkest moment came in December 1944 their Kommodore,
German battleship Tirpitz in a Norwegian Fjord. Despite holding the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and nominated for the Swords, he was convicted.
Richard Taylors spectacular new painting portrays the MelO9s of 6./JG5 led by Oberleutnant Heinrich Ehrler, while based at Petsamo in Finland, as they soar high above the towering peaks of ice capped mountains glistening in the cold polar air, March 1943. Their dawn patrol keeps constant vigil along the glacial fjords of the Norways far-northern coastline, as the majestic vista gives the battle-hardened Me109 pilots a brief moment of tranquillity far removed from the grim and bitter battles being fought below. Richards new edition is signed by Luftwaffe fighter Aces who were on the Polar Front, including two of the top fighter Aces in history, guaranteeing this fine limited edition a place in the portfolios of all serious collectors.
High in the Arctic Circle a bitter war of attrition was fought in freezing, unforgiving conditions, the desperate conflict played out against a majestic, awe-inspiring backdrop of beautiful ice-clad mountains
Overall print size: 33 7/8 wide x 23 1/8 high
Richard's new edition is signed by Luftwaffe fighter Aces who flew on the Polar Front, including two of the top fighter Aces in history, guaranteeing this fine limited edition a place in the portfolios of all serious collectors.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Each print in this limited edition has been individually signed by two eminent Luftwaffe veterans who flew in the Arctic Campaign:
Unteroffizier GUNTHER KOLB
Major ERICH RUDORFFER
350 Signed & Numbered prints - 2 SIGNATURE -
THE POLAR FRONT EDITION
These FOUR signature editions are additionally signed by:
Oberleutnant WALTER SCHUCK
Hauptmann KARL-FRITZ SCHLOSSSTEIN
60 Polar Front Editions - 4 SIGNATURE -
25 Artist Proofs- 4 SIGNATURE -
25 Remarques - 4 SIGNATURE -
10 Double Remarques - 4 SIGNATURE -
THE POLAR FRONT REMARQUES (with four signatures)
Richard Taylors new painting ARCTIC HUNTERS will be released with two individual Remarque editions, each signed by four Luftwaffe veterans of the Arctic Campaign. The first edition, consisting of 25 copies, will each have an ORIGINAL pencil drawing extensively researched, and gracefully hand crafted by the artist.
The second de-luxe edition, will be restricted to just TEN COPIES, and to be issued with a DOUBLE SIZE remarque drawing. Full of detail and interesting content, these skillfully executed large remarque drawings will be relevant to the main picture, and measure approximately 10 wide.