Holding the Line by Richard Taylor

Holding the Line by Richard Taylor



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.

THE SIGNATURES
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 units.

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