Knights of the Eastern Front by Robert Taylor


Rare and much sought after Robert Taylor Limited Edition print featuring the Messerschmitt Me109s of JG-52 in combat with Russian Yak 9s on the Eastern Front, 1944. Each print is signed by six top-scoring JG-52 combat Aces.

JG-52 was the most successful fighter wing of the Luftwaffe during World War II. Initially based in Germany, the Wing flew against the French before taking on the RAF Spitfires and Hurricanes in earnest during the battle for France and the Battle of Britain. During this intense period of air fighting the Wing lost many pilots and in October 1940 it withdrew to rebuild. After the fall of Crete JG-52 assumed the first fighter role in Southern Russia and it was on the Russian Front that the Wing's greatest Aces notched up their substantial scores. Though conditions were often appalling, the pilots of JG-52 flew a tremendous number of missions. The Wing lost 678 of its aircrew in achieving 10,000 aerial victories during its campaign, sixty-seven pilots being awarded the Knights Cross or higher decorations. JG-52's top ten scoring fighter pilots achieved an astonishing 2286 aerial victories between them, and the only two Aces in history to destroy more than 300 enemy aircraft, Hartmann and Barkhorn, flew in this historic Fighter Wing.

Appropriately, Robert Taylor selects the aircraft of JG-52 and gives us a truly spectacular scene depicting the Me109s of this famous Wing in full cry. Filling his canvas is the awesome sight of a Messerschmitt Me109G as it powers through a flight of Russian Yak 9s, his wingman narrowly missing a damaged enemy fighter as they speed headlong through the formation. Robert's mastery of painting the sky provides a great feeling of height, distance and speed, and his uncanny ability to portray realism makes the leading Me109 appear almost to fly out of the canvas. Way below this magnificent panorama of cloud patterns, unseen, the armoured divisions slug it out on the forbidding Russian Front.

Knights of the Eastern Front is individually signed by six of the Luftwaffe's greatest fighter pilots: Erich Hartmann, Gunther Rall, Walter Krupinski, Herbert Ihlefeld, Dieter Hrabak and Johannes Steinhoff.

We are selling this print on behalf of one of our collectors. It was purchased from ourselves when released in 1992 and has been stored dark and flat since with long term investment in mind. It is in mint condition and is supplied with the original Certificate of Authenticity.

Reference: SB071

Artist:

Robert Taylor


From:

Military Gallery


Edition:

1250



Size:

33 x 25 inches overall including borders.



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