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The second edition in this portfolio, dedicated to Erich Hartmann, will be announced in the New Year and matching numbers will be made available.
Gerhard Barkhorn, flying his Bf109 G-6, leads the Stab as they climb out from their base near the Black Sea, early November 1943. The crisp air of day break is temporarily punctuated by the roar of Daimler-Benz engines as the deadly Messerschmitt fighters set off on their daily hunt for Soviet aircraft.
Those Aces with over 100 victories were exceptional; to reach 200 victories was a spectacular achievement. Yet two men went even further and shot down more than 300 enemy aircraft, placing them in a league of their own. They were the elite of the elite, and their names are legendary – Erich Hartmann and Gerhard Barkhorn.
Now the world’s premier aviation artist, has created a stunning portfolio dedicated to the two highest scoring fighter pilots of all time and Hunters at Dawn is the first release in this pair. In tribute to this great Ace the edition is signed by iconic Luftwaffe Aces who flew on the Russian Front and the Tribute Edition includes the original signature of Barkhorn himself, giving collectors the opportunity to invest in a piece of history.
Limited Edition, Artist's Proofs and Remarque Editions (2 Signatures):
Joining Robert Taylor in signing every print are two renowned Luftwaffe Fighter Aces who flew on the Eastern Front during World War II.
Leutnant HUGO BROCH - Knight’s Cross / 81 victories
Barkhorn Tribute Editions (6 Signatures):
Representing the ultimate in collecting, this exceptional edition is issued with an ORIGINAL PENCIL work specially created by Robert Taylor. Each drawing has been signed by three Luftwaffe fighter Aces and conservation matted to include the original signatures of three more, including Gerhard Barkhorn. The Aces included in this historic edition amassed a staggering total of 1012 victories between them!
Major HANS-EKKEHARD BOB - Knight’s Cross / 60 victories
Oberleutnant WALTER SCHUCK - Knight’s Cross, Oak Leaves / 206 victories
Oberleutnant WALTER WOLFRUM - Knight’s Cross / 137 victories
Major FRANZ EISENACH (Matted) - Knight’s Cross / 129 victories
Oberleutnant ADOLF GLUNZ (Matted) - Knight’s Cross, Oak Leaves / 71 victories
Major GERHARD BARKHORN (Matted) - Knight’s Cross, Oak Leaves, Swords / 301 victories