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Channel Dash Operation Cerberus Prints by Philip West and Simon Atack.
PCK1530. Channel Dash Operation Cerberus Prints by Philip West and Simon Atack. Items in this pack :
Naval Print Pack.
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DHM2329. Operation Cerberus - The Channel Dash by Philip West.
The Channel Dash (officially known as Operation Cerberus) was one of three operations during the Second World War for which the Swordfish was to become the most famous. Heavily outgunned in the Straits of Dover on this day in February 1942 by the German warships Scharnhorst, Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen, with their accompanying flotilla of destroyers and motor torpedo boats, and with top cover provided by deadly fighter aircraft of the Luftwaffe, all six Fleet Air Arm Swordfish were shot down. Only five of the eighteen aircrew survived. Here we see the Swordfish flown by Sub. Lt. Kingsmill and Sub. Lt. Samples with PO Bunce in the rear, fighting for their lives with his machine gun.
Signed by CPO Donald Bunce CFG.
Signed limited edition of 100 prints.
Paper size 26.5 inches x 16.5 inches (67cm x 42cm)
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SA0002B. Escort to the Scharnhorst by Simon Atack.
When the German battleships Scharnhorst and Gneisenau entered Brest in March, 1941, between them they had sunk a total of 22 ships during their North Atlantic operations. Laying in port however, they became a target for constant air attack, Scharnhorst being damaged by bombs, and in February 1942 the decision was made to break out with the famous Channel Dash. Scharnhorst led the flotilla in a daring passage through the English Channel, heading for the sanctuary of Wilhelmshaven. They all got through but, striking two mines en-route, it was March 1943 before the Scharnhorst was able to resume battle operations when, under heavy escort, she sailed for Norway. Simon Atacks panoramic seascape depicts a scene from Operation Paderborn as Scharnhorst ploughs through a lively swell with Fw190s of I./JG5, based at Oslo Fornebu, providing fighter cover. Steaming in company with destroyers Z-28 and Erich Steinbrinck, the mighty German battleship has departed Gotenhafen and is heading towards Bogen Bay, near Narvik in Norway. But Scharnhorsts days were numbered. On 26 December 1943 the huge battleship attacked a convoy off North Cape, but in the heavy seas Scharnhorst became detached from her destroyer escort. With the British Home Fleet aware of her position, and intentions, she was intercepted, the Britishbattleship Duke of York landing a barrage of 14-inch shells on the mighty German warship. The blows were fatal, the coup-de-grace coming shortly after, when 11 torpedoes sent the magnificent but deadly battleship quickly to the bottom. There were just 36 survivors.
Signed by Matrosen Obgefreiter Wilhelm Alsen.
Major Erich Rudorffer (deceased).
Rudorffer signature edition of 100 prints (Nos 301 - 400) from the limited edition of 500 prints.
Paper size 30 inches x 22.5 inches (76cm x 57cm)
Website Price: £ 240.00
To purchase these prints individually at their normal retail price would cost £340.00 . By buying them together in this special pack, you save £100
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