THE LONG SHORT DAYS
by Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor’s stunning painting, beautifully captures a group
of Bf109Gs from III./JG26, as they return to their forward base after
a long fighter sweep along the Channel coast in early 1944. In his unmistakable
style, and with inordinate skill, Robert deftly evokes a moment of rare
tranquillity amidst the carnage of war as the lengthening sun glints across
the frozen landscape during the short days of winter.
But as the war progressed, the Luftwaffe fighter pilots faced another battle, the increasingly desperate war of attrition as the Allied air forces slowly, but inevitably, ground the German war machine into defeat. By early 1945 Allied air supremacy was overwhelming.
And yet despite the overwhelming odds, from within their ranks came the most successful air Aces ever to fly in combat - names such as Hans-Joachim Marseille, the top-scoring fighter pilot in the West, the legendary Erich Rudorffer who scored more multiple victories than any other pilot and of course the Fighter General, Adolf Galland, who achieved all of his 104 victories in the West. In total more than 100 Luftwaffe fighter pilots are known to have scored 100 or more victories, and 568 Jagdverbände flyers became holders of the Knight’s Cross, Germany’s highest awarded military honor.
The prints in this new release are personally autographed by an outstanding collection of Luftwaffe fighter pilots who flew in those momentous air battles over Europe, including one of III./JG26’s most legendary commanders - General Walter Krupinski. Since endorsing the edition with his signature, the General has sadly passed away giving even greater meaning to this new release and providing aviation art connoisseurs with a remarkable and valuable future collectors piece.
Overall Print Size: 32” wide x 24” high Image Size: 251/2" wide by 161/2" high
Stabsgefreiter HUBERT-LUDWIG PFAULM Iron Cross
Feldwebel HEINZ RADLAUER Iron Cross 1st Class
THE LIMITED EDITION
THE COLLECTORS EDITION AND REMARQUES
Leutnant HELMUT BALLEWSKI Iron Cross
Feldwebel ERNST GIEFING Iron Cross
Oberstleutnant NORBERT HANNIG Iron Cross 1st Class
Unteroffizier GERHARD KOTT Iron cross 1st Class
The Editions are also signed by three iconic Luftwaffe Aces, all of them senior Knight’s Cross holders:
Major ERICH RUDORFFER Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords
Oberfeldwebel WILLI RESCHKE Knight’s Cross
Generalleutnant WALTER KRUPINSKI Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
(1910 - 2000)
Although sadly no longer with us, the General, in special agreement with the publisher, fully endorsed the content of this painting by adding his signature to the edition during his lifetime, on condition that prints would be released at a later date. That moment has arrived and the publisher is honoured to be in a position to release a new edition from the worlds most collected Aviation Artist which personally autographed by such a historic figure.
THE COLLECTORS EDITION
THE COLLECTORS ARTIST PROOFS
THE TRIBUTE EDITION - very limited edition and subject
Oberleutnant WALTER WOLFRUM Knight’s Cross
Oberleutnant WALTER SCHUCK Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
Feldwebel OSCAR BÖSCH Iron Cross 1st Class
Oberstleutnant HEINZ MARQUARDT Knight’s Cross
Major HANS-EKKEHARD BOB Knight’s Cross
THE MATTED SIGNATURES
Oberstleutnant ERNST-WILHELM REINERT Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords Flew Me109's and Me262's with JG77, JG27 & JG7. The 14th highest scoring Ace in the West with 174 victories
Generalmajor JOSEF HAIBÖCK Knight’s Cross
Hauptmann HUGO DAHMER Knight’s Cross
Oberst JOHANNES NAUMANN Knight’s Cross
Oberstleutnant HELMUT BENNEMANN Knight’s Cross
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