Aces of the Western Front

Robert Taylor


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Aces of the Western Front Robert Taylor

In early 1940 the German Luftwaffe prepares for the coming offensive against England. Luftwaffe bases are scattered across the north coast of France. Mont St. Michel, the most famous historic landmark in the French coast, has seen it all before. Built by the Normans between the 11th and 16th centuries on a solid granite rock rising 250 feet out of the sea, this ancient monastery has witnessed conflict over nearly a thousand years. It knows that, given time, this campaign will pass into history like all the others before it. With the historic landmark beside them, a group of Me109s race across the coast at just 50 feet, inbound from a fighter sweep over the English Channel and heading back to their base in Northern France. Weather permitting tomorrow they will fly a bomb strike against shipping, or a hit-and-run attack on English ports. The bustling activity over this sleepy coastal community is incessant.

This is one of the most exquisite aviation prints ever done, contrasting the menace of the Luftwaffe with the magnificent scenery of the French countryside. In addition to the artist this print was individually signed by four of the most significant men to serve in the Luftwaffe.

General Adolf Galland was the youngest general in the German High Command. He was the Inspector General of the fighter arm and achieved 104 aerial victories in the Me109 and the Me262 jet fighter. Galland was awarded the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds. General Hannes Trautloft flew 550 combat missions and achieved 57 aerial victories. He was awarded the Knight's Cross. General Dieter Hrabak flew 820 combat missions and achieved 125 aerial victories. He was awarded the Knight's Cross and was a founding member of the German Air Force after the Wars. Colonel Herbert Ihlefeld flew more than 1,000 missions and achieved 140 aerial victories. He was awarded the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves.

 

PRINT DETAILS

Date of Issue : 1993

Edition Size : 1250 Signed and Numbered Prints.

Signatories : Adolf Galland, Dieter Hrabak, Hannes Trautloft, Herbert Ihlefeld

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall print size 36" x 25" Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

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Edition Size - 1250

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