The Junkers Ju87 Sturzkampfbomber, known to the British simply as the
Stuka, had already acquired a deadly reputation across Europe, its siren
screaming as the ungainly dive-bomber struck terror into the hearts of
those below. In 1940 its pilots crossed the Channel with their grim-looking
aircraft to terrorise the southern towns and ports of England.
Robert Taylor's memorable painting 'Open Assault', shows Hurricanes of
501 Squadron attacking a force of Ju87 Stukas as they dive-bomb naval
vessels and installations in the port of Dover on 29 July 1940. High explosive
bombs detonate within the sheltered anchorage as escorting Bf109s from
JG51 race in to protect their lumbering charges. Four Stukas and two Me109s
are dispatched, for the loss of just one RAF aircraft.
Prints of this epic encounter have been signed by RAF and Luftwaffe veterans
of the Battle of Britain, and Luftwaffe Stuka pilots, providing aviation
enthusiasts with a collectors gem.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Every print in the Limited Edition has been signed by one of the last
surviving Luftwaffe Stuka pilots of the war. He is joined by two pilots
that flew Hurricanes with 501 Sqn during the Battle of Britain. Each print
in every edition is signed by the artist Robert Taylor, and hand-numbered.
Group Captain BYRON DUCKENFIELD AFC
Leutnant WILHELM NOLLER
Wing Commander TONY PICKERING
400 Signed & Numbered prints - 3 signatures -
THE COLLECTORS EDITION
This SIX signature edition is additionally signed by
the following RAF and Luftwaffe Battle of Britain Veterans:
Squadron Leader DOUGLAS NICHOLLS DFC
Major ERIC RUDORFFER
Oberleutnant GUNTHER SEEGER
250 Collectors Edition prints - 6 signatures -
25 Artist Proofs - 6 signatures
THE GENERALS EDITION (subject to availability)
Each of these EIGHT signature prints were individually
hand signed by General Johannes Steinhoff in England, September 1990,
and can now be released under arrangements made at that time with General
General JOHANNES STEINHOFF 1913 – 1994
Generalleutnant GUNTHER RALL
150 Generals Edition - 8 signatures - £325inc vat (£276.60inc
THE RUDEL TRIBUTE PROOF (subject to allocation)
With ALL the components of the Generals Edition, the Tribute Proof Edition
is released with a unique, ORIGINAL, hand-signed and hand-numbered pencil
drawing by artist Robert Taylor, matted to include the authentic wartime
signature of HANS-ULRICH RUDEL, the most successful Stuka Ace in history,
his wingman HELMUT FICKEL, together with three other eminent Stuka pilots,
all holders of the Knights Cross. The main print, Open Assault, is also
signed by Battle of Britain Luftwaffe Ace Hans-Ekkehard Bob, creating
a highly collectable FOURTEEN signature edition.
Oberst HANS-ULRICH RUDEL 1916 - 1982 (matted)
Major HANS-EKKEHARD BOB (main print)
Oberleutnant HELMUT FICKEL (matted)
Major FRANZ KIESLICH (matted)
Oberst KURT KUHLMEY (matted)
Oberstleutnant HANS-KARL STEPP (matted)
10 Rudel Tribute Proofs - 14 signatures -
Overall print size: 33'' wide x 25¼'' high Image Size: 26½''
wide x 175/8'' high
Approximate matte size: 16¼'' wide x15¾" high.
you have arrived at this page through a ‘backdoor’ you will
have nowhere to go.
click here to go to the ROBERT TAYLOR GALLERY