Robert Taylor's Birth of a Legend features legendary Ace Erich Hartmann, with other pilots from JG52, in combat with Russian fighters over the Caucasus mountains in 1942.
This release was the third print in Robert Taylor's trilogy in tribute to Erich Hartmann.
A rare limited edition by Robert Taylor signed by Erich Hartmann himself plus eight other Knight's Cross holders who flew on the Eastern Front - between them amassing an extraordinary 1452 victories.
In this final painting of Robert Taylor’s highly sought after Hartmann Trilogy, this superb piece depicts the world's greatest fighter Ace, Erich Hartmann, achieving the first of his 352 air victories. Hartmann remains the top scoring fighter pilot in history.
Although he lost his aircraft in this tussle with a Russian IL-2, Hartmann had made his first kill. Unhurt, the young pilot was picked up by a German car and returned to base almost immediately. A legend was born.
Each print in Robert Taylor's Limited Edition, Birth of a Legend, is individually signed by 9 legendary Luftwaffe Aces:
Oberst ERICH HARTMANN Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves Swords & Diamonds – 352 victories
Generalleutnant GÜNTHER RALL Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords – 275 victories
Major ERICH RUDORFFER Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords – 222 victories
Oberstleutnant ERNST-WILHELM REINERT Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords – 174 victories
Hauptmann ALFRED GRISLAWSKI Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves – 133 victories
Leutnant EDMUND ROSSMANN Knight's Cross – 93 victories
Leutnant HUGO BROCH Knight's Cross – 81 victories
Leutnant VIKTOR PETERMANN Knight's Cross – 64 victories
Oberst HERMANN BUCHNER Knight's Cross – 58 victories
We a selling a copy of this print on behalf of one of our collectors. It is in exceptional condition with a just the very faintest of handling imperfections in the bottom right hand border which is very hard to see. It has been stored flat and dark and has never been framed. Comes with original Certificate of Authenticity.
490 Knight's Cross Ed
33 x 25.5 inches overall including borders.
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