"OPEN ASSAULT" by ROBERT TAYLOR
The Limited Edition
Edition Size - 400
The Collectors Edition
Edition Size - 250
The Generals Edition (subject to availability)
Edition Size - 150
The Collectors Edition Artist Proofs
Edition Size - 25
The Junkers Ju87 Sturzkampfbomber, known to the British simply as the Stuka, had already acquired a deadly reputation across Europe, its siren screaming as the ungainly dive-bomber struck terror into the hearts of those below. In 1940 its pilots crossed the Channel with their grim-looking aircraft to terrorise the southern towns and ports of England. Robert Taylor’s memorable painting ‘Open Assault’, depicts Hurricanes of 501 Squadron attacking a force of Ju87 Stukas as they dive-bomb naval vessels and installations in the port of Dover on 29 July 1940. High explosive bombs detonate within the sheltered anchorage as escorting Bf109s from JG51 race in to protect their lumbering charges. Four Stukas and two Me109s are despatched, for the loss of just one RAF aircraft.
Overall print size: 33” wide x 25¼” high
Prints of this epic encounter have been signed by RAF and Luftwaffe veterans of the Battle of Britain, and Luftwaffe Stuka pilots, providing aviation enthusiasts with a collectors gem.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Every print in the Limited Edition has been signed by one of the last surviving Luftwaffe Stuka pilots from the war and two pilots that flew Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain.
Group Captain BYRON DUCKENFIELD AFC
Leutnant WILHELM NOLLER
Wing Commander TONY PICKERING
THE COLLECTORS EDITION
The SIX signature Collectors Edition is also signed by the following veterans of the Battle of Britain:
Squadron Leader DOUGLAS NICHOLLS DFC
Major ERIC RUDORFFER
Oberleutnant GÜNTHER SEEGER
THE GENERALS EDITION
Each of these EIGHT signature prints were individually hand signed by two of the most prominant Aces of the War including General Johannes Steinhoff who signed in England, September 1990, and can now be released under arrangements made at that time with General Steinhoff.
General JOHANNES STEINHOFF 1913 – 1994
Generalleutnant GÜNTHER RALL
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