'THE LAST DANCE OF THE HUSSAR" by RUSSELL SMITH
Limited edition lithograph: $95
23.5" x 33.5"
Leutnant der Reserve Werner Voss, from Krefeld, Germany, was Germany’s 4th highest ranking ace of World War 1. With 48 kills to his credit he is still considered by many to be the greatest pilot of that war, having skills that even surpassed Manfred von Richthofen, the “Red Baron”. On September 23, 1917 he became involved in what is known to be one of the greatest dogfights of World War 1. While out on patrol he came across a flight of six British SE5’s from 56 Squadron, each flown by a famous ace. Among the RFC pilots involved in the encounter was British ace James McCudden, who reported:
“I now got a good opportunity as he was coming towards me nose on, and slightly underneath, and had apparently not seen me. I dropped my nose, got him well in my sight and pressed both triggers. As soon as I fired up came his nose at me, and I heard clack-clack-clack-clack, as his bullets passed close to me and through my wings. I particularly noticed his red-yellow flashes from his parallel Spandau guns. As he flashed by me I caught a glimpse of a black head in the triplane with no hat on at all.”
For over ten minutes Voss singlehandedly fought the aces without retreating. He inflicted considerable damage on all five aircraft before his own engine finally seized and he was sent plummeting to the ground by Lt. Arthur Rhys-Davids. Major James McCudden, who was also involved in the fight, said of him later,
“His flying was wonderful, his courage magnificent and in my own opinion he is the bravest German airman whom it has been my privilege to see fight.”
Leutnant Werner Voss was just 20 years old.
Printed on 100# acid free stock, the edition consists of 560 prints plus 56 Artists Proofs.
Each print is individually signed and numbered by Russell Smith.
THE LAST DANCE OF THE HUSSAR by RUSSELL SMITH (Lt. Werner Voss: RFC:WWI:British SE5)@vbader.com