Closing The Gap (Knights Cross Edition)
Signed Limited Edition Print - World War II - Robert Taylor
As Typhoon Mk1b fighter-bombers of 247 Squadron exit the target area near Falaise at full throttle, the havoc wreaked in their wake bears witness to the devastation of their powerful rockets. Fuel and ammunition from the retreating German column explode with shattering detonations, the savagery of the attack demoralising the enemy into stunned oblivion. The Typhoons will hurtle back to base to re-arm and hastily re-fuel, ready for yet another withering strike on the encircled Wehrmacht columns. This stunning new rendition from the the worlds premier aviation artist pays tribute to the brave young RAF fighter pilots of the twenty squadrons of rocket-firing Hawker Typhoons who flew those perilous ground attacks during the Battle of Normandy. With each print in this new limited edition signed by pilots who flew in the thick of the action of the air war on the Western Front, knowledgeable collectors are given a rare opportunity to complete an important section in their valuable print portfolios.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Every print in this edition has been signed by three hugely respected RAF Typhoon pilots who flew and fought in the skies over Normandy. Each print is also signed by the artist Robert Taylor, and hand-numbered.
THE TYPHOON EDITION
In addition to the pilots signing the limited edition, each print in this remarkable TEN signature Typhoon Edition is also signed by the following distinguished Typhoon fighter pilots.
THE NORMANDY VETERANS EDITION
The Military Gallery is proud to publish this impressive edition to commemorate both the British Air and Land Forces who fought so valiantly in the grueling Battle of Normandy. Joining the ten RAF fighter pilots on the Typhoon Edition, each print is additionally signed by ten British Army veterans who fought in the Normandy breakout, making a total of TWENTY signatures in this edition.
THE KNIGHT’S CROSS PROOFS
The following six Knight’s Cross holders have each signed an original and unique pencil drawing by Robert Taylor. Robert’s superb portrayal of German armour, coupled with a total of TWENTY SIX signatures in the edition limited to just 15 copies, represents a wonderful opportunity for all serious World War II collectors.
Real Size: 35” wide x 25 1/4” high
Edition : 15 (worldwide)
Signed by the artist, Robert Taylor
Squadron Leader PERCIVAL BEAKE DFC
Warrant Officer JACK HODGES DFC
Warrant Officer JOHN ‘ABE’ LINCOLN
Flight Lieutenant Sir JOHN ATKINSON KCB DFC
Flying Officer KENNETH ‘JUNIOR’ KNEEN
Air Commodore C. D. ‘KIT’ NORTH-LEWIS DSO DFC
Warrant Officer DOUG ORAM
Squadron Leader BASIL ‘STAPME’ STAPLETON DFC
Flying Officer FRANK WHEELER DFC
Pilot Officer ‘RUSTY’ TOWNSEND
Staff Sergeant PETER BOYLE
Staff Sergeant JOHN BROWN
Lance Corporal ALEX COVENTRY
Lance Corporal ALEX DIXON
Gunner BILL GRANTHAM
Lance Corporal RAY WILLIAMS
Sergeant ‘TITCH’ RAYNER
Driver TOM SHERBROOK
Corporal BOB WEEDON
Private WALLY MENDAY
OTTO CARIUS – German Army – Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
GERHARD FISCHER – German Army – Knight’s Cross
WALTHER GIRG – Waffen SS – Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
ALBERT KERSCHER – Germany Army – Knight’s Cross with Oak Leaves
NORBERT KUJACINSKI – German Army – Knight’s Cross
RICHARD RUDOLF – Waffen SS – Knight’s Cross
Includes Original pencil drawing of German armour by Robert Taylor, signed by tank commanders and crew who hold the Knight’s Cross – Germany’s highest award for valour.