The Cold Front - Kursk Cauldron of Fire

Nicolas Trudgian





The Cold Front Nicolas Trudgian

The bitter Russian winter of 1943/44 was matched by some of the toughest fighting of the ground war. Between the Carpathian Mountains and the Dneiper River elements of the 1st SS Panzer Division Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler reinforced their fearsome reputation. Panthers of SS Pz.Rgt. 1 move forward to engage Soviet armour,passing a Tiger of the 13th Heavy Company LAH. Overhead, Focke Wulf Fw190A's of Hptm Erich Rudorffer's II/JG54 lend support by hunting for Soviet ground attack aircraft ahead of the panzer spearhead.



Every print in the entire edition is signed in pencil by the artist Nicolas Trudgian. Editions are also signed by the following Knight Cross Holders.

The Limited edition is signed by Three JG54 Knights Cross Holder pilots.

The JG54 signatures are:

Erich Rudorffer KC, Oakleaves and Sword, Hans-Ekkehard Bob KC, Hugo Broch KC

The Tank Commanders Edition is signed by the above Three JG54 Knights Cross Holder Pilots and also, Six Tank Commanders.

The Tank commanders signatures are:

Fritz Darges KC, Gerhard Fischer KC, Walther Girg KC and Oakleaves, Otto Kumm KC, Oakleaves and Sword,
Karl-Heinze Lichte KC, Richard Rudolf KC.

"Kursk Cauldron of Fire" by Nicolas Trudgian. Kursk Cauldron of Fire is limited to only 240 prints worldwide.

A unique and extremely rare opportunity to acquire this stunning pencil print by Nicolas Trudgian, signed by no fewer than an "amazing" Fifteen Knights Cross Holders. The signatures are as follows:

"Kursk - Cauldron of Fire" (Seven Fighter Pilots Knights Cross Holders) Gunther Rall KC, Oakleaves, Swords, Hans-Ekkehard Bob KC, Erich Rudorffer KC, Oakleaves and Swords, Hugo Broch KC, Walter Schuck Knights Cross, Oakleaves, Otto Schultz KC, Walter Wolfrum KC. (Three Stuka Pilots Knights Cross Holders) Hans Krohn KC, Wilhelm Noller KC, Karl Spreitzer KC. (Five Tank Commanders Knights Cross Holders) Otto Carius KC, Oakleaves, Gerhard Fischer KC, Albert Kerscher KC, Oakleaves, Norbert Kujacinski KC, Wilhelm Weidenbruck KC, Oakleaves.

Kursk - Cauldron of Fire Nicolas Trudgian
Kursk - Cauldron of Fire Nicolas Trudgian. In July 1943, 300 miles south of Moscow,the wide rolling grasslands of Kursk witness the greatest tank battle in history as 6,000 tanks meet in frenzied conflict. With close support from ground-attack aircraft of the Luftwaffe, German panzers advance through the wreckage of Russian armour. However, in what proved to be a turning point of the war in Russia, this battle was eventually won by the Soviets.


Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall print size 60cm x 89cm (The Cold Front) Printed in lightfast inks on acid free archival paper.


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Signed and Numbered Print
UK £125.00
Edition Size - 300

The Tank Commanders Edition
UK £325.00
Edition Size - 190

Kursk Cauldron of Fire
UK £175.00
Edition Size - 240


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