Eagles at Dawn

Robert Taylor



Robert Taylor
Secondary Market Aviation Art

Eagles at Dawn Robert Taylor

On Thursday, August 24, 1944 a 22-year old Oberleutnant Erich Hartmann powered his Mel09G fighter in a spectacular low pass over his squadron's airstrip in north-eastern Rumania, wagging his wings to the cheering Luftwaffe personnel on the ground below. The young flaxen-haired pilot had just become the first fighter Ace in history to bring down 300 enemy aircraft in combat.

As World War II drew to its close, after three and a half years of continual aerial combat, this gifted young fighter pilot brought his final tally of aerial victories to 352, bringing down a Yak-7 during the last of his 1400 missions on May 8, 1945. He was the most successful fighter pilot of all time.

By special arrangement made during his lifetime, the Military Gallery is proud to announce the issue of the second edition in the Hartmann Trilogy - a set of three print editions by Robert Taylor, each print carrying the original signature of the world's greatest fighter Ace.

In this dramatic rendition, the world's number one aviation artist captures a brilliantly colorful midwinter scene during the final phase of the war on the Eastern Front. Glinting in the sub-zero early morning sunlight as fresh snow begins to fall, and led by their Gruppenkommandeur Erich Hartmann, the Mel09G fighters of I./JG-53 scramble off the snow-covered airstrip at Veszprem in Hungary, February 1945. They will intercept waves of Russian fighters and bombers in the skies above Czechoslovakia in a last ditch attempt to repel the impending invasion of Germany.

Specially published as a commemorative set of three highly restricted editions, with each print individually signed by Erich Hartmann in 1990, EAGLES AT DAWN is the second edition in the Hartmann Trilogy. As a special tribute to Hartmann by fellow fighter pilots who flew on the Eastern Front, a number of prints are also signed by pilots of JG-52 and JG-53, the two groups with which Erich Hartmann scored his victories.



Date of Issue : 1998

Edition Size : 360 Signed and Numbered Prints.

Signatories : Erich Hartmann

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall print size 33" x 25" Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.


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Edition Size - 360

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