Snow Warriors

Nicolas Trudgian





Snow Warriors Nicolas Trudgian
A vibrant and detailed portrayal of JG54 ‘Green Heart Warriors’ Focke Wulf Fw190A-4s.

One of the most successful of the Luftwaffe fighter units, JG54 ‘Green Heart Warriors ’first came to prominence during the Battle of Britain over south-east England. In early 1941 the unit moved to the Eastern Front in preparation for the invasion of Russia, and it was in this theatre that they became synonymous both with the relentless struggle against the military might of the Soviets and also, during successive winters, the battle simply to survive the severe weather conditions.

To commemorate the ‘Green Heart Warriors’ Nicolas Trudgian has painted JG54 Focke Wulf Fw190s in February 1943 taxiing out on to their snow-blanketed airfield in Krasnogvardeisk, Russia to begin another fighter sweep of the front lines. For the long winter months the aircraft were camouflaged in the livery considered to be one of the most attractive of all Luftwaffe paint schemes; overall white with the distinctive yellow theatre markings. Later, with the Spring thaw, the white was replaced by the unit’s more familiar green paint as they constantly adapted themselves to the ever-changing battlefront conditions.

By the end of the war the Geschwader had claimed over 9,500 victories and produced over 100 aces, one of whom, Major Erich Rudorffer, has graciously signed each Remarque and Main Edition print of this Limited Edition.



Snow Warriors Main Edition

300 Signed and numbered prints. Individually signed by the artist Nicolas Trudgian and countersigned by Major Erich Rudorffer KC, Oak Leaves, Swords.

Snow Warriors Remarque Edition

30 Signed and numbered prints. Individually signed by the artist Nicolas Trudgian and countersigned by Major Erich Rudorffer KC, Oak Leaves, Swords. Each print is inscribed with a unique original pencil drawing by the artist which can be drawn to the purchaser's specifications.

Snow Warriors Canvas Giclee Edition

20 full-size canvas reproductions of the original oil painting: 36" wide x 24" high. Signed in paint by the artist.

The Signature

Erich Rudorrfer downed his first aircraft a French Hawk 75, on May 16th 1940, during the Battle of France. This was the first of an incredible 222 aerial victories achieved over 950 combat missions. Already a Knights Cross holder for 19 victories in France, Rudorffer flew the Messerschmitt Bf109E with 2./JG2 ‘Richtofen’ during the Battle of Britain. Seeing action throughout the war, he was master of the multiple victory, claiming 13 soviet aircraft in under twenty minutes on Nov 6 1943. Made Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG7, flying the Messerschmitt Me 262, he scored 12 victories with the jet, and ended the war as one of the highest scoring German aces of all time.

Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 24" x 20" (inches) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.


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Snow Warriors Main Edition
UK £75.00
Edition Size - 300

Snow Warriors Remarque Edition
UK £220.00
Edition Size - 30

Snow Warriors Canvas Giclee Edition
UK £330.00
Edition Size - 20

Stretched on wooden stretcher bars ready for framing. Due to weight and extra packaging required for this item we are forced to add an additional carriage charge of £5.00. We do apologise for this. U.K Mainland delivery only for this item.


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