WHITE EAGLE...Broch Edition
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WHITE EAGLE...Broch Edition


Artist : Nicolas Trudgian and Luftwaffe Ace Knights Cross Holder Hugo Broch.


34.5" x 25.5" approx  Unframed Print
Price £85.00


Legends Aviation Gallery are proud to announce the new Stunning release from Nicolas Trudgian...WHITE EAGLE...A Tribute to Gerhard Barkhorn...By the early months of 1943, the situation for the Germans on the Eastern Front was becoming desperate. Von Paulus’ 6th Army at Stalingrad was doomed after a hastily conceived offensive to relieve them had failed to break through to the city. Instead, Field Marshal Erich Von Manstein was forced onto the defensive by a huge Soviet counter-attack that now threatened to destroy the whole German campaign in the Soviet Union. The savage winter weather made it all the more difficult for the Germans. In the air, the Luftwaffe found themselves flying in appalling conditions, and heavy snow blizzards and ice on airfields made operations treacherous. Luftwaffe fighter units were ordered to assist the hard-pressed German army by flying ground-attack sorties, missions not really suited to their Me109 fighters. To enhance their firepower, extra gun-packs were fitted beneath the wings of the Messerschmitts and JG52 went in search of any enemy ground targets they could find. Many of the leading Luftwaffe aces were involved in this new tactic including one of the finest, Gerhard Barkhorn, who had flown with JG52 since the Battle of Britain. In Nicolas Trudgian’s atmospheric painting set in January 1943, the Me109G’s of 4./JG52, led by Staffelkapitan Gerhard Barkhorn, have encountered Russian Il-2 ground attack aircraft intent on attacking any Panzers in the path of the advance. The Me109G’s have pounced and dispersed the Russian attack while, below, elements of a badly outnumbered 6th Panzer Division, which include obsolete Panzer II’s, engage T-34 tanks of the Red Army in an attempt to halt the Soviet offensive. Already awarded the coveted Knight’s Cross, Barkhorn was awarded the Oak Leaves after scoring his 105th victory during this bitter winter struggle. He would later be appointed to lead II/JG52 and would be the first German pilot to reach 1000 sorties. In May 1944, Barkhorn was badly wounded and while convalescing, his rival, Erich Hartmann, surpassed him in the victory count. On his return to combat, Barkhorn flew missions with Hartmann over Hungary but was never able regain his title as the highest scoring ace. As the war drew to a close, Gerhard Barkhorn left JG52 to join Adolf Galland’s famous ‘JV44’, flying the renowned Me262 jet fighter, rounding off a remarkable combat flying career. His final score of 301 victories made him, after Erich Hartmann, the second-highest scoring ace in aviation history....Legends are proud to offer a selection of limited editions of this print : THE BROCH EDITION limited to 350 worldwide...Signed by the artist Nicolas Trudgian and Luftwaffe Ace Knights Cross Holder Hugo Broch...priced @ £85.00...Printed in light fast inks on acid free archival paper...The CANVAS GICLEE EDITION Limited to 30 numbered reproductions worldwide. A full-size reproduction of this stunning original painting on canvas signed in paint by Nicolas Trudgian...Each canvas Giclee Edition is supplied rolled and will require stretching by a picture framer...Overall Canvas Size : 36" x 24". Rolled (unstretched) priced @ £325.00...Stretched priced @ £375.00...REMARQUE EDITION : Please contact Nicolas Trudgian Direct regarding the availability of Remarque Editions ...To complement the purchase of your fine art print, we are now able to offer a professional Picture Framing service. For further details please contact us by phone or email.

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