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JG5 Aviation Art Prints by Richard Taylor and Anthony Saunders.
PCK2598. JG5 Aviation Art Prints by Richard Taylor and Anthony Saunders. Items in this pack :
Aviation Print Pack.
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DHM1653. Arctic Hunters by Richard Taylor.
Occupied by the Germans, by 1942 Norway had become vital to Hitlers war in the East. With the Russians threatening to over-run Finland and attack Norway, the pilots of JG5 were tasked to support German ground forces, and to escort the incessant Luftwaffe attacks on Arctic Convoys from Britain to the vital Russian ports of Murmansk and Archangel. With such unpredictably harsh weather it was a life or death battle fought under extreme conditions. For the pilots of JG5 - Eismeer, the Polar Sea Group, the sun never set during the long summer months, and due to constant fog and storms it was often impossible for pilots to return to base, often diverting to other airstrips. But their darkest moment came in December 1944 when their Kommodore, Heinrich Ehrler, one of the Luftwaffes most brilliant fighter leaders, was made a scapegoat following the sinking of the German battleship Tirpitz in a Norwegian fjord. Despite holding the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and nominated for the Swords, he was convicted. High in the Arctic Circle a bitter war of attrition was fought in freezing, unforgiving conditions, the desperate conflict played out against a majestic, awe-inspiring backdrop of beautiful ice-clad mountains. Richard Taylors spectacular painting portrays the Me109s of 6./JG5 led by Oberleutnant Heinrich Ehrler, while based at Petsamo in Finland, as they soar high above the towering peaks of ice capped mountains glistening in the cold polar air, March 1943. Their dawn patrol keeps constant vigil along the glacial fjords of the Norways far-northern coastline, as the majestic vista gives the battle-hardened Me109 pilots a brief moment of tranquility far removed from the grim and bitter battles being fought below.
Signed by Unteroffizier Gunther Kolb (deceased) and Major Erich Rudorffer (deceased).
Signed limited edition of 350 prints.
Paper size 34 inches x 23 inches (86cm x 58cm)
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DHM1894. Eismeer Patrol by Anthony Saunders.
On the morning of 11th March 1943, Fw190s from IV./JG5 took off from their base to escort the mighty battleship Tirpitz and a screening fleet of escort destroyers and torpedo boats, at the start of a voyage north to Bogen Bay during Operation Rostock. Designed to escape the increasingly frequent British bombing raids, Tirpitz would leave southern Norway to join an impressive German naval battle fleet gathering near Narvik, one of the largest German naval bases in Norway. Together with the Scharnhorst, the heavy cruiser Lutzow, and the light cruiser Nurnberg, they would pose a grave threat to the Arctic convoys. After repeated attempts to sink her, Tirpitz was eventually destroyed by the RAF at her anchorage in Altenfjord, 12th November 1944.
Signed by :
Leutnant Zur See Willibald Volsing
Oberleutnant Kurt Schulze .
Signed limited edition of 400 prints.
Image size 21 inches x 14 inches (53cm x 36cm) Paper size 26.5 inches x 20 inches (67cm x 51cm)
Website Price: £ 145.00
To purchase these prints individually at their normal retail price would cost £240.00 . By buying them together in this special pack, you save £95
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