The Magnificent Fight: The Battle for Wake Island by John Shaw
Prints are signed by the artist and numbered
425 Pilot's Editions with signatures of 3 Wake Island Wildcat pilots....$225
425 Main Editions with signatures of at least 31 Wake Island defenders....$295
100 Artist's Proofs with 35 signatures (32 Wake defenders plus 3 pilots)....Sold out
Overall size: 36" x 22"
Image size: 31" x 15"
Against terrible odds, strategically-located Wake Island was defended by a handful of brave Americans during the opening days of our involvement in World War II in December, 1941. Isolated and alone against the might of the Japanese Navy, this intrepid group held their own on land and in the air for weeks, repulsing an amphibious invasion, sinking a destroyer and downing many Japanese aircraft. The island fell after a month of fierce resistance and its surviving defenders taken prisoner or summarily executed. Their sacrifice bought America precious time and inspired the nation.
Now this valiant group has been honored in a beautiful limited-edition print edition by noted historical aviation artist John Shaw. Each print has been personally autographed by the artist and veterans of this epic conflict, which was truly a magnificent fight.
The print honors all of the Americans who served at Wake Island so honorably in the opening days of the war and is the first ever signed by many representatives who served there in a variety of capabilities. This edition was printed in the U.S.A. on acid-free 120 lb. cover stock. All prints include a Certificate of Authenticity and historical profile.