The Eagles Divide by Robert Taylor
The Eagles Divide by Robert Taylor
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"THE EAGLES DIVIDE" by ROBERT TAYLOR


THE LIMITED EDITION US $95

Edition Size - 150
THE ACES EDITION US $175
Edition Size - 50
THE ACES EDITION ARTIST PROOF US $225
Edition Size - 50
THE FIGHTER PILOTS EDITION US $300
Edition Size - 50
THE COLLECTORS EDITION US $425
Edition Size - 50


It had begun; the end game was inexorably in play. The final defeat of Germany and the end of Nazi tyranny was almost within sight but in the skies over Germany the defiant remnants of the Luftwaffe fought on with savage determination. Ever since the long-range American P-51 escort fighters had first appeared, the skies over the Reich had witnessed grim encounters with the Mustangs taking on the Luftwaffe as they tried to stop the heavy bombers of the USAAF reaching their targets. By early 1945 it was a losing battle, but still the Luftwaffe fought on and, in the resulting maelstrom of combat, the Mustang pilots still had their work cut out against these battle hardened, expert pilots

Approx 233/4 x 163/4 inches

Robert Taylor’s superb drawing, part of his much-acclaimed Graphite Series, dramatically reconstructs one such clash in early 1945 as P-51 Mustangs of the 357th Fighter Group have spotted a group of Bf109s heading their way. Without hesitation they dive head-on in an attempt to break-up the enemy formation and for the pilots on both sides the explosive encounter of close combat is suddenly upon them.

Limited edition prints of this classic Robert Taylor Master Drawing have been signed over the last few years by some of the most respected USAAF Mustang and distinguished Luftwaffe pilots who duelled in those merciless skies over Europe. Since signing the prints some of these legendary names have very sadly passed away, making it one of the most collectible editions of recent years.



THE LIMITED EDITION
The complete edition is signed by the artist and two of the
357th Fighter Group's most famous P-51 Aces:
Colonel CLARENCE ‘BUD’ ANDERSON
357th Fighter Group Ace with 161/4 victories
Captain WILLIAM ‘BILL’ OVERSTREET
357th Fighter Group Ace with 5 victories
THE ACES EDITION (4 signatures)
Amongst the many famous names who duelled over the skies of Europe are two of the best known Luftwaffe Aces who have also personally signed this edition:
Leutnant HUGO BROCH
Knight’s Cross with 81 victories
Oberleutnant WALTER WOLFRUM
Knight’s Cross with 137 victories.
THE ACES ARTIST PROOFS (5 signatures)
The Artist Proofs are additionally signed by the third
highest scoring Ace of all time
Generalleutnant GUNTHER RALL
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords with 275 victories


THE FIGHTER PILOTS’ EDITION (11 signatures) To represent the struggle between the Luftwaffe and the USAAF during this crucial time the Eagles’ Edition has all the signatures of the Pilots Edition plus a further six highly respected fighter pilots that flew on both sides:

Leutnant JORG CZPIONKA
Iron Cross with 2 victories
Captain JIM BROOKS
Ace with 13 victories
Lieutenant Colonel CLYDE B. EAST
P-51 Ace with 141/2 victories
Colonel ART FIEDLER
Ace with 8 victories
Colonel JOE PETERBURS
Shot down the Me262 jet flown by legendary Ace Walter Schuck.
Oberleutnant KURT SCHULTZ
Iron Cross with 3 victories.
First Lieutenant CLINT WHITE
31st Fighter Group P-51 pilot


(Please note that the Fighter Pilots Edition is not signed by Gunther Rall)

THE COLLECTORS’ EDITION (16 signatures)
Five additional Luftwaffe pilots, who flew and fought in the final days of the war have also signed this prestigious edition, creating a highly collectable SIXTEEN signature Collectors piece:

Generalleutnant GUNTHER RALL
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords with 275 victories
Hauptmann GŰNTHER NORDENHOLZ
Me109 Pilot with 1 victory
Oberfeldwebel ERICH AXTHAMMER
Knight’s Cross with 4 air victories plus numerous tanks and ground targets destroyed
Unteroffizier GUSTAV DREES
JG54,with 4 victorie
s Unteroffizier JOHANNES OESTERHELT
JG52 Me109 Pilot with 2 victories


THE TRIBUTE PROOF EDITION (24 signatures) Each of these amazing Tribute Proofs is conservation matted to include the original pencil signatures of top P-51 Aces along with some of the most highly decorated and high scoring Luftwaffe Bf109 pilots that flew in WWII. The signatories on this piece amassed a staggering total of more than 1050 victories between them, providing a new benchmark for the serious collector:

Generalleutnant ADOLF GALLAND
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords, and Diamonds with 104 victories, all in the West General JOHANNES STEINHOFF
Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords with 178 victories
Major GERHARD SCHOPFEL
Knight’s Cross with 40 victories, all in the West
Generalmajor DIETER HRABAK
Knight’s Cross with 125 victorie
s Captain WILLIAM ‘OBEE’ O’BRIEN
357th Fighter Group Ace with 51/2 victories
Lieutenant Colonel BOB GOEBEL
Mustang Ace with 11 victories
Major RICHARD ‘BUD’ PETERSON
357th Fighter Group Ace with 151/2 victories
Lieutenant General GEORGE G. LOVING Jr
31st Fighter Group Ace with 5 victories




THE EAGLES DIVIDE by ROBERT TAYLOR (Me-109: Bf-109: 357th Fighter Group: P-51 Mustang: Luftwaffe: USAF:)@vbader.com/virginiabaderfinearts

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