"OKINAWA"  - <b style= "color: blue;font-weight:bold,">    NEW RELEASE </b><br> by ROBERT TAYLOR
"OKINAWA" - NEW RELEASE
by ROBERT TAYLOR
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"OKINAWA" - NEW RELEASE by ROBERT TAYLOR


THE LIMITED EDITION US $325
Edition Size - 400
THE COLLECTORS EDITION: US $435
Edition Size - 200
THE COLLECTORS ARTIST PROOFS US $615
Edition Size - 25
THE VETERANS EDITION US $635
Edition Size - 110
THE REMARQUES US $1195
Edition Size - 15
THE DOUBLE REMARQUES (subject to availability) US $2095
Edition Size - 10
THE TRIBUTE EDITION (Subject to availability) US $3995
Edition Size - 10




Flying from USS Bunker Hill, F4U Corsairs from VMF-221 assault Japanese positions defending the island of Okinawa, April 1945. Leading the charge, USMC Pilot Lt Dean Caswell climbs away from the target after delivering a blistering rocket attack on a coastal installation.

Following their victory at Midway, American forces had fought a long and bitter campaign to retake the Japanese held islands in the Pacific. By the end of March 1945, however, they had finally captured Iwo Jima and looked towards Okinawa, a province of Japan itself. Less than 400 miles south of its mainland, it was the place from which the Allied invasion of Japan must be launched. Supported by a huge Naval presence, including one of the largest British fleets ever assembled, the assault began on 1 April 1945 with the largest amphibious landing of the Pacific war.

The Japanese response was ferocious seeing the peak of the kamikaze scourge and while the British ships with their steel decks fared much better, the relentless attacks took their toll on the US Fleet, highlighting a conflict worse than anything seen before. The 82 day battle was one of the most severe and bloody campaigns of WWII, accounting for over 14000 Allied deaths and five times that number of Japanese soldiers.

Overall print size: 32 wide x 24 high
Image size: 25 wide x 16 high


In one of the most powerful paintings of Robert Taylor's distinguished career, the prints in this outstanding edition are personally signed by legendary Pilots and Aces who flew Corsairs during the assault of Okinawa, creating a unique collectors piece. Parts of the edition are also autographed by US Army and Navy veterans who fought at Okinawa giving enthusiasts the rare opportunity to acquire a remarkable historic account of one of the greatest battles of WWII, and an important piece to be cherished for generations to come.



THE LIMITED EDITION
Joining Robert Taylor in signing every print are two distinguished Pilots who flew F4U Corsairs at Okinawa, including the Ace that is depicted in this dramatic piece:


Col DEAN CASWELL USMC / 7 victories
Col JOE McPHAIL USMC / 2 victories


THE COLLECTORS EDITION
Each print in this TEN signature edition is additionally signed by eight Corsair Pilots who flew in combat during the Battle of Okinawa:


Col JIM SWETT MOH USMC / 15 victories
Lt Col LYLE BRADLEY USMC
Capt PHILIP De GROOT USMC
1st Lt CLINT FLADLAND USMC
Lt Col WILLIAM LUCAS USMC
Lt Cdr TOM McBRIDE USN
Col BRUCE PORTER USMC / 5 victories
Lt Col DARRELL SMITH USMC


THE OKINAWA VETERANS EDITION
To commemorate all those who took part in the most bitter campaign of the Pacific War, we are honored to announce that each print in this FIFTEEN signature edition has also been signed by five further veterans who fought at Okinawa:


Cdr BILL HARDY USN / Hellcat Ace with 6 victories
Cdr DEAN LAIRD USN / Hellcat Ace with 5 victories
Sgt HARRY MOMI US Army / Tank Commander
Cdr DONALD SCHMAHL USN / served on Okinawa
SN MIKE WONDERLICH USN / served on the USS Hazelwood


THE REMARQUE EDITIONS
These SEVENTEEN signature editions are signed by a further two veterans of the Okinawa Campaign:


CMSgt LLOYD DEFFENBAUGH USAAC
QM JIM PICKERING USN


THE OKINAWA TRIBUTE EDITION
with an ORIGINAL PENCIL DRAWING and TWENTY TWO signatures
With all the signatures of the Remarque Editions every print is issued with a beautiful original pencil drawing which is personally signed by two Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm fighter pilots who flew Corsairs at the Battle of Okinawa:


S/Lt CHRIS CARTLEDGE DSC RN
Lt KEITH QUILTER DSC RN


Each drawing is conservation matted to include the highly-prized signatures of three of the greatest USMC Aces who flew Corsairs at Okinawa:


Col JEFFERSON DE BLANC MOH USMC / 9 victories
Col ARCHIE DONAHUE USMC / 14 victories
Lt Col KEN WALSH MOH USMC / 21 victories








OKINAWA By ROBERT TAYLOR (F-4U Corsairs: VMF 221: Pacific Theatre: James Swett MOH: Dean Caswell)@vbader.com

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