Closing The Gap

Robert Taylor

 

 

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Closing The Gap Robert Taylor

As Hawker Typhoon Mk1b fighter-bombers of 247 Squadron exit the target area near Falaise at full throttle, the havoc wreaked in their wake bears witness to the devastation of their powerful rockets. Fuel and ammunition from the retreating German column explode with shattering detonations, the savagery of the attack demoralising the enemy into stunned oblivion. The Hawker Typhoons will hurtle back to base to re-arm and hastily re-fuel, for yet another withering strike on the encircled Wehrmacht columns.

It is August 1944, barely two months since the allies landed their first troops on the beaches of Normandy. Already the all-conquering German Panzer Divisions are in full retreat, and it is critical to halt them before they can regroup. Caught in the Gap at Falaise, the battle was to be decisive. Flying from dusty airstrips throughout a continuous onslaught, rocket-firing Typhoons kept up their attacks on the trapped armoured divisions from dawn to dusk. The effect was devastating: at the end of the ten-day battle the 100,000 strong German force was decimated.

This stunning new rendition from the world’s premier aviation artist pays tribute to the brave young RAF fighter pilots of the twenty squadrons of rocket-firing Hawker Typhoons who flew those perilous ground attacks during the Battle of Normandy. With each print in this new limited edition signed by pilots who flew in the thick of the action of the air war on the Western Front, knowledgeable collectors are given a rare opportunity to complete an important section in their valuable print portfolios.

 

PRINT DETAILS

THE LIMITED EDITION

Every print in this edition has been signed by three hugely respected RAF Typhoon pilots who flew and fought in the skies over Normandy. Each print is also signed by the artist Robert Taylor, and hand-numbered.

Squadron Leader PERCIVAL BEAKE DFC
Warrant Officer JACK HODGES DFC
Warrant Officer JOHN ‘ABE’ LINCOLN

THE TYPHOON EDITION

In addition to the pilots signing the limited edition, each print in this remarkable Ten signature Hawker Typhoon Edition is also signed by the following distinguished Typhoon fighter pilots.

Flight Lieutenant Sir JOHN ATKINSON KCB DFC
Flying Officer KENNETH ‘JUNIOR’ KNEEN
Air Commodore C. D. ‘KIT’ NORTH-LEWIS DSO DFC
Warrant Officer DOUG ORAM
Squadron Leader BASIL ‘STAPME’ STAPLETON DFC
Flying Officer FRANK WHEELER DFC
Pilot Officer ‘RUSTY’ TOWNSEND

THE NORMANDY VETERANS EDITION

This impressive edition has been published to commemorate both the British Air and Land Forces who fought so valiantly in the gruelling Battle of Normandy. Joining the ten RAF fighter pilots on the Hawker Typhoon Edition, each print is additionally signed by ten British Army veterans who fought in the Normandy breakout, making a total of twenty signatures in this edition.

Staff Sergeant PETER BOYLE
Staff Sergeant JOHN BROWN
Lance Corporal ALEX COVENTRY
Lance Corporal ALEX DIXON
Gunner BILL GRANTHAM
Lance Corporal RAY WILLIAMS
Sergeant ‘TITCH’ RAYNER
Driver TOM SHERBROOK
Corporal BOB WEEDON
Private WALLY MENDAY


THE KNIGHT’S CROSS EDITIONS

Seldom has it been possible to publish two editions of such historical magnitude to commemorate one of the most pivotal battles in history. In addition to all the RAF and British Army signatories on the Normandy Veterans Edition, the Military Gallery has published two Knight’s Cross Editions comprising all the elements of Normandy Veterans Edition, plus an outstanding ORIGINAL pencil drawing of German armour by Robert Taylor, signed by tank commanders and crew who hold the Knight’s Cross – Germany’s highest award for valour.

THE KNIGHT’S CROSS PROOFS

The following six Knight’s Cross holders have each signed an original and unique pencil drawing by Robert Taylor. Robert’s superb portrayal of German armour, coupled with a total of TWENTY SIX signatures in the edition limited to just 15 copies, represents a wonderful opportunity for all serious World War II collectors.

OTTO CARIUS – German Army – Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
GERHARD FISCHER – German Army – Knight’s Cross
WALTHER GIRG – Waffen SS – Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
ALBERT KERSCHER – Germany Army – Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
NORBERT KUJACINSKI – German Army – Knight’s Cross
RICHARD RUDOLF – Waffen SS – Knight’s Cross

THE WITTMANN PUBLISHER PROOFS

In the history of armour the name of Michael Wittmann is unsurpassed, and his signature highly collectible. The rarity of these Five Tribute Proofs comprising an original pencil drawing by Robert Taylor signed by twenty-nine Panzer tank commanders and crew who hold Germany’s coveted Knight’s Cross, and matted to include the authentic signature of Michael Wittmann is also unsurpassed. Add a copy of Robert’s Normandy Veterans edition, making a total of Fifty signatures and the Military Gallery is honoured to publish the most exclusive edition ever offered by the company in over thirty years of publishing

SS-Hauptsturmführer MICHAEL WITTMANN Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. (matted)
WILLI BACHOR – German Army – Knight’s Cross
LUDWIG BAUER – German Army – Knight’s Cross
WERNER FREIHERR Von BESCHWITZ – German Army – Knight’s Cross
FRITZ BIRNBAUM – German Army – Knight’s s Cross
KARL BROMMANN – Waffen SS – Knight’s Cross
FRITZ DARGES – Waffen SS – Knight’s Cross
PAUL EGGER – Waffen SS – Knight’s Cross
GERHARD FISCHER – Waffen SS – Knight’s Cross
HEINZ GUDERIAN – German Army – Knight’s Cross
WILLY HEIN – Waffen SS – Knight’s Cross
CLEMENS GRAF Von KAGENECK – German Army – Knight’s s Cross with Oak Leaves
PAUL – ALBERT KAUSCH – Waffen SS – Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
ERWIN KREßMANN – German Army – Knight’s Cross
OTTO KUMM – Waffen SS – Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords
KARL – HEINZ LICHTE – Waffen SS – Knight’s Cross
HANNIBAL Von LÜTTICHAU UND BÄRENSTEIN – German Army – Knight’s Cross
KUNO Von MEYER – German Army – Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
OSKAR SCHÄFER – Waffen SS – Knight’s Cross
FRITZ – RUDOLF SCHULTZ – German Army – Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
HANS SIEGEL – Waffen SS – Knight’s Cross
WILHELM WEIDENBRÜCK – German Army – Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
ERICH WEISE – Waffen SS – Knight’s Cross War Merit
ALFRED WOLF – German Army – Knight’s Cross


Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 35" x 25 1/4" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

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PRINT PRICES

The Limited Edition
UK £200.00
Edition Size - 350

Typhoon Edition
UK £275.00
Edition Size - 300

Typhoon Edition Artist Proof
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 25

Normandy Veterans Edition
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 95

The Knights Cross Edition
UK £1895.00
Edition Size - 15

Closing The Gap Limited Edition Framed Print
UK £280.00

Edition Size - 15

The Wittmann Publishers Proof (Subject to availability)
UK £4995.00
Edition Size - 5
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