THE EAGLES DIVIDE - The Masterwork Drawing

by Robert Taylor

Editions Edition Size UK(£) QTY
Limited edition 150 £65.00
Aces edition 50 £120.00
Aces edition artist proofs 50 £150.00
Fighter pilots edition 50 Limited Availability Contact Us
Collector's edition 50 Limited Availability Contact Us
Tribute proof edition 50 Limited Availability Contact Us
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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

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 E 'Bud' Anderson
  • Captain William B Overstreet

The Aces Edition

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 KC
  • Oberleutnant Walter Wolfrum KC

The Aces Edition Artists Proof

The Artist Proofs are additionally signed by the third highest scoring Ace of all time:

  • Generalleutnant Günther Rall KC with Oak Leaves and Swords

The Fighter Pilots Edition

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.

  • Captain James L. Brooks
  • Lieutenant Colonel Clyde B. East
  • Colonel Art Fiedler
  • Colonel Joe Peterburs
  • First Lieutenant Clint White
  • Leutnant Jorg Czpionka IRON CROSS WITH 2 VICTORIES
  • Oberleutnant Kurt Schultz IRON CROSS WITH 3 VICTORIES

The Collectors Edition

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 Günther Rall KC with Oak Leaves and Swords
  • Hauptmann Günther Nordenholtz
  • Oberfeldwebel Erich Axthammer
  • Unteroffizier Gustav Drees
  • Unteroffizier Johannes Oesterhelt

The Tribute Proof Edition

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 KC with Oak Leaves Swords and Diamonds
  • General Johannes 'Macky' Steinhoff KC with Oak Leaves and Swords
  • Major Gerhard Schopfel KC
  • Generalmajor Dietrich Hrabak KC WITH OAK LEAVES
  • Captain William 'O Bee' O'Brien
  • Lieutenant Colonel Bob Goebel
  • Major Richard 'Bud' Peterson
  • Lieutenant General George G. Loving, Jr.
Media:
Lithograph
Size:
22.5 x 16 inches
Release Date:
7/2012

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