'SLOWING THE RED TIDE' by Nicolas Trudgian
'JG51' Edition Signed by 26 Knights Cross Holders
Special Multiple Remarque
This spectacular release, part of Nick's hugely popular 'Knights Cross' Series, features an Edition with the most KC Signatures ever published!
In January 1945 the Soviet advance to Berlin first reached German soil in East Prussia. Many thousands of desparate German civilians braved bitter weather in an attempt to flee. The Red Army seemed unstoppable and yet, against all odds, a few tired and battered German forces decided to counter attack. Hoping to rescue the civilians trapped in and around Konigsberg, the Tigers and King Tigers of Heavy Tank Battalion 505 punched through the Soviet positions and helped hold a corridor open long enough for thousands of families to escape to the West and for supplies to be moved into the besieged city.
Air support, including the Fw190's of Stab. JG51 portrayed in this picture, helped to subdue the six Russian Divisions present in what became one of the last significant German tactical victories on the Eastern Front. Russian aircraft including the Yak 3's of the famed 'Normandie-Neimen' group, flown by French pilots, and are here seen making a brave head-on attack.
This is an INCREDIBLY RARE "JG51 Edition" of this print carrying the signatures of no less than 26 Knights Cross Holders that served on the lethal 'Russian Front' during World War Two and is the largest number of KC holders to sign a print Edition - they are:-
Georg BOSE - Knights Cross OL and Swords (Panzerwaffe - Stug III)
Hugo BROCH - Knights Cross (JG54 Luftwaffe Fw190)
Gerhard FISCHER - Knights Cross (Panzerwaffe Panther)
Albert KERSCHER - Knights Cross with Oak Leaves (Panzerwaffe - Tigers)
Heinrich KOHLER - Knights Cross (Panzerwaffe Stug III)
Gunther RALL - Knights Cross, Oak leaves & Swords (JG52 Luftwaffe Me109G)
Erich RUDORFFER - Knights Cross, Oak Leaves & Swords (JG54 Luftwaffe Fw190A)
Otto SCHULZ - Knights Cross (JG77 Luftwaffe Me109G)
Walter WOLFRUM - Knights Cross (JG52 Luftwaffe Me109G)
Hans-Ekkehard BOB - Knights Cross (JG54 Luftwaffe Me109G/Fw190)
Franz-Joseph BEERENBROCK - Knights Cross with Oak Leaves (JG51 Luftwaffe Me109G)
Hugo DAHMER - Knights Cross - (JG26 Luftwaffe Fw190)
Kurt DAHLMANN - Knights Cross with Oak Leaves (NSG20 Schlact Luftwaffe)
Adolf DICKFELD - Knights Cross with Oak Leaves (JG52 Luftwaffe Me109G)
Hajo HERRMANN - Knights Cross with Oak Leaves & Swords (KG30 Luftwaffe Ju88)
Wolfdieter HUY - Knights Cross with Oak Leaves (JG77 Luftwaffe Me109)
Franz KIESLICH - Knights Cross with Oak Leaves (St.G 77 Luftwaffe Ju87)
Erwin KRESSMANN - Knights Cross (Panzerwaffe Hornisse)
Norbert KUJACINSKI -Knights Cross (Panzerwaffe)
Heinz LANGE - Knights Cross (JG51 Luftwaffe Fw190)
Heinz MARQUARDT - Knights Cross (JG51 Luftwaffe Fw190D)
Hermann NEUHOFF - Knights Cross (JG53 Luftwaffe Me109G)
Wilhelm NOLLER - Knights Cross (St.G 2 Luftwaffe Ju87)
Edmund ROSSMANN - Knights Cross (JG52 Luftwaffe Me109G)
Walter SCHUCK - Knights Cross with Oak Leaves (JG5 Luftwaffe Me109G)
Franz WOIDICH - Knights Cross (JG52 Luftwaffe Me109G)
THIS IS A SPECTACULAR QUINTUPLE (X5) REMARQUE BY NICOLAS TRUDGIAN!!
It features a Triple Remarque of German armour in East Prussia - a King Tiger of Heavy Tank Battalion 505 is supported by a Tiger 1 and Stug III as they push into a village knocking out a Soviet T34/85.
The second Double Remarque shows JG51's TOP Ace in WW2 - Joachim Brendel in his Me109G engaging Soviet IL-2's. Brendel flew in the defence of Konigsberg and scored some of his last victories there - his final score was 189!
There were only 15 Remarques for this Edition and this is a TOTAL ONE OFF!!
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