Open Assault

Robert Taylor





Open Assault Robert Taylor


The Junkers Ju87 Sturzkampfbomber, known to the British simply as the Stuka, had already acquired a deadly reputation across Europe, its siren screaming as the ungainly dive-bomber struck terror into the hearts of those below. In 1940 its pilots crossed the Channel with their grim-looking aircraft to terrorise the southern towns and ports of England.

Robert Taylor's memorable painting 'Open Assault', shows Hurricanes of 501 Squadron attacking a force of Ju87 Stukas as they dive-bomb naval vessels and installations in the port of Dover on 29 July 1940. High explosive bombs detonate within the sheltered anchorage as escorting Bf109s from JG51 race in to protect their lumbering charges. Four Stukas and two Me109s are dispatched, for the loss of just one RAF aircraft.

Prints of this epic encounter have been signed by RAF and Luftwaffe veterans of the Battle of Britain, and Luftwaffe Stuka pilots, providing aviation enthusiasts with a collectors gem.




Every print in the Limited Edition has been signed by one of the last surviving Luftwaffe Stuka pilots of the war. He is joined by two pilots that flew Hurricanes with 501 Sqn during the Battle of Britain. Each print in every edition is signed by the artist Robert Taylor, and hand-numbered.



This SIX signature edition is additionally signed by the following RAF and Luftwaffe Battle of Britain Veterans:


THE GENERALS EDITION (subject to availability)

Each of these Eight signature prints were individually hand signed by General Johannes Steinhoff in England, September 1990, and can now be released under arrangements made at that time with General Steinhoff.

General JOHANNES STEINHOFF 1913 - 1994
Generalleutnant GUNTHER RALL

THE RUDEL TRIBUTE PROOF (subject to allocation)

With ALL the components of the Generals Edition, the Tribute Proof Edition is released with a unique, Original, hand-signed and hand-numbered pencil drawing by artist Robert Taylor, matted to include the authentic wartime signature of HANS-ULRICH RUDEL, the most successful Stuka Ace in history, his wingman HELMUT FICKEL, together with three other eminent Stuka pilots, all holders of the Knights Cross. The main print, Open Assault, is also signed by Battle of Britain Luftwaffe Ace Hans-Ekkehard Bob, creating a highly collectable Fourteen signature edition.

Oberst HANS-ULRICH RUDEL 1916 - 1982 (matted)
Major HANS-EKKEHARD BOB (main print)
Oberleutnant HELMUT FICKEL (matted)
Major FRANZ KIESLICH (matted)
Oberst KURT KUHLMEY (matted)
Oberstleutnant HANS-KARL STEPP (matted)


Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 33" x 25 1/4" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.


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Signed and Numbered Print
UK £200.00 Edition Size - 400

The Collectors Edition
UK £250.00 Edition Size - 250

The Collectors Edition Artist Proof
UK £375.00 Edition Size - 25

The Generals Edition
UK £325.00 Edition Size - 150

The Rudel Tribute Proof
UK £2100.00 Edition Size - 10




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Helpful information regarding our Limited Edition Prints

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An edition of identical prints, numbered sequentially and individually signed by the artist, having a stated limit to the quantity in the edition. Following publication the printing plates are destroyed. Almost all the aviation art and aircraft prints featured on this website are authenticated with the original signatures of distinguished military personnel.

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An old tradition of reserving a quantity of prints for the artist's use, usually equal to about 10 % of the edition. In the early days of printing, these prints were the only remuneration the poor artist received. Proofs are signed by the artist and numbered showing the quantity of Artist's Proofs issued in the edition. Because of their highly restricted number, Artist's Proofs are sold at a higher value than the regular prints in the edition.

Publishers Proof:

A quantity of prints, not always announced or issued at the time of publication, usually equal to no more than 10% of the edition. These are reserved for the publisher's use, mostly for donation to Museums, Service establishments, Service Associations, and the like. Quantities of Publishers Proofs, sometimes issued with a supplementary print, may be made available to collectors either at the time of publication, or at a later date, depending upon availability.

Remarqued print:

A print issued with an original pencil drawing by the artist in the margin, each numbered out of the quantity of individually remarqued prints in the edition. The quantity of remarqued prints in any one edition generally is between 25 and 50. Each remarque drawing made by the artist is slightly different, thus making each print totally unique. Remarqued prints may be available at the time of publication, or announced at a later date, depending upon the artist's work load at the time .Please be aware that Remarque prints can take up to six weeks for delivery. An artist remarqued print is the ultimate collector item in terms of reproduced work.

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Original drawing:

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Certificate of Authenticity:

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