Duel in the Dark

Robert Taylor

 

 

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Duel in the Dark Robert Taylor

The air war fought throughout World War Two in the night skies above Europe raged six long years. RAF Hurricanes sent up to intercept the Luftwaffe's nightly blitz on British cities had no more equipment than the fighters that fought the Battle of Britain during the day, but as the scale of nightly conflict developed, detection and navigation aids - primitive by today's standards were at the cutting edge of World War Two aviation technology.

As the air war progressed the intensity of the RAF's nightly raids grew to epic proportions and the Luftwaffe night-fighters became a critical last line of defence as their cities were pounded from above. By 1944 the Luftwaffe was operating sophisticated systems coordinating radar, searchlights and flak batteries, enabling effective guidance to increasingly wily aircrews flying equipment-laden aircraft. But the RAF had in turn developed their own detection equipment, and the nightly aerial contests between fighters and bombers were desperate affairs.

Night-fighter pilots were men of special calibre, requiring a blend of all the best piloting and navigational qualities combined with patience, determination and no small element of cunning. They were hunters in the purest sense, constantly honing their skills and pitting their wits against a formidable foe. The young aircrews of the Luftwaffe fought a brave but losing battle in defence of their homeland, but their dedication never faltered, and their bravery is legend.

Robert Taylor pays tribute to this courageous and skilled group of flyers with his new painting Duel in the Dark. It is August 1944. As Lancaster heavy bombers of 106 Squadron approach the target, Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, Kommandeur of IV. / NJG 1 and the Luftwaffe's top-scoring night- fighter pilot, makes a daring attack passing feet below the mighty four-engine aircraft. Flying his Me110 night-fighter among the flak and searchlights he has scored hits on the bombers outer starboard engine. While his gunner fiercely returns fire from the bomber's front turret gunner, the night-fighter Ace will slip into the shadows before selecting another quarry. His night's work is not yet done.

 

PRINT DETAILS

THE KNIGHTS CROSS EDITION

Joining the artist Robert Taylor, the Knight's Cross Edition signed by -

Oberst WOLFGANG FALCK
Major WERNER HOFFMANN
Major PAUL ZORNER
Oberfeldwebel GÜNTHER BAHR
Leutnant FRITZ RUMPELHARDT

THE NIGHT FIGHTER EDITION

The Night Fighter edition is additionally signed by Hauptmann PETER SPODEN and comes accompanied with matching numbered colour companion print ‘ Night Attacker’ signed by the artist Robert Taylor.

Night Attacker Robert Taylor
Night Attacker. Print size 13 1/2 x 17"



Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 33" x 25" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.

 

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PRINT PRICES

The Knight's Cross Edition
UK £200.00
Edition Size - 350

The Night-Fighter Edition
UK £250.00
Edition Size - 250

Artist Proof
UK £395.00
Edition Size - 25

 

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