FIGHTER SUPPORT – Book & Print Portfolio
Only TEN copies are available worldwide with FIFTEEN original Luftwaffe signatures!
For over three months in the long hot summer of 1940, the cream of Goering’s much-vaunted Luftwaffe duelled daily with RAF Fighter Command. Over the skies of southern England, Spitfires and Hurricanes battled with their main adversary – the Messerschmitt Bf109 – the longest-serving, most durable German fighter of the war whose pilots and fighting abilities would earn the lasting respect of Fighter Command.
Often disadvantaged by having to fight at the extremity of the fighter’s limited range – sometimes allowing them no more than 10 minutes of actual combat – the Bf109 pilots fought with an impressive array of battle-hardened tactics honed in Spain, and the battles of Poland and France, and undisputed courage. They were, however, stymied in their actions by Goering, who liked to blame his fighter pilots for his own shortcomings. To their frustration, at the beginning of September he’d ordered the fighters to stick close to the bombers, but in doing so he squandered the Bf109s main assets – speed and manoeuvrability.
World famous artist Robert Taylor takes up the story in FIGHTER SUPPORT, a magnificent pencil study of the Bf109 during the latter stages of the Battle of Britain. Led by their Kommodore, Major Adolf Galland, the Bf109s of JG26 climb across the Channel coast ready to provide yet another close escort to a large formation of Luftwaffe bombers heading towards London.
The Veteran's Edition
With FIFTEEN signautres!
Adding great historical significance, Robert’s drawing has been faithfully reproduced on fine art paper which dates back many years and has been personally hand-signed by eight highly-regarded Luftwaffe veterans. Each print is then mounted to full conservation standards to include an additional seven original autographs of Luftwaffe veterans who flew in combat during the Battle of Britain.
Completing each portfolio is a matching-numbered copy of the book LUFTWAFFE ACES IN THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN by author and historian Chris Goss which includes a bookplate signed by the respected fighter leader depicted in Robert’s piece who also features in the book; Generalleutnant ADOLF GALLAND.
The full list of signatures reads:
- Oberstleutnant Hugo Dahmer KC
- Hauptmann WOLFDIETER HUY KC with Oak Leaves
- Leutnant HERMANN NEUHOFF KC
- Major Erich Rudorffer KC with Oak Leaves and Swords
- Oberfeldwebel HELLMUT SCHOENFELDER Knight's Cross
- Oberleutnant OTTO SCHULTZ KC
- Oberleutnant Günther Seeger KC
- Hauptmann Bruno Stolle KC
- Generalleutnant Günther Rall KC with Oak Leaves and Swords
- Major Heinz Lange KC
- Generalleutnant Adolf Galland KC with Oak Leaves Swords and Diamonds
- Generalmajor Dietrich Hrabak KC WITH OAK LEAVES
- Major Hans-Ekkehard Bob KC
- Oberleutnant Heinrich Sudel KC
- Oberst Hajo Hermann KC with Oak Leaves and Swords
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Over many years we’ve been fortunate to know a number of Luftwaffe veterans and have also managed to source some extremely RARE original wartime autographs that would be perfect for including in the conservation matting.
These include names such as:
- Major Gerhard Barkhorn KC with Oak Leaves and Swords
- Major Helmut Wick KC with Oak Leaves
- General Johannes 'Macky' Steinhoff KC with Oak Leaves and Swords
- Lithograph and book set
- 19.25 x 17.5 inches
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