No 3 'Knights Cross Collection'
Captain Erich Topp steers his Type VIIc U-Boat U-522 'Red Devil' towards the sanctuary of the base at St. Nazaire after another patrol during the gruelling Battle of the Atlantic in 1942. In the skies above, heading back out to hostile waters, is a gaint Focke Wulf 200 Condor from III/KG40 and three Ju88D's from KGr 106 whose missions will be to search for vulnerable Allied Convoys for the submarine 'Wolf Packs' to attack.
Winston Churchill called the Condor the "scourge of the Atlantic", recognising the essential role it played in the German campaign to cut Britain's convoy supply lines. With the sinking of more than 3,500 merchant ships and 175 warships the Germans nearly succeeded, but improved Allied techniques in finding and destroying U-Boats led to a war of attrition resulting in the loss of no fewer than 783 U-Boats and 28,000 German sailors. Captain Topp was fortunate to survive and become the third highest scoring U-Boat ace. Whilst commanding the 'Red Devil' he sank a total of thirty ships and damaged three more.
THE MAIN 'WOLFPACK Edition'
Limited to 190 Signed and numbered prints worldwide, signed by the Artist and the following Six U-Boat crew and Four Luftwaffe Bomber Pilots - all Knights Cross holders:
FregattenKapitan Erich TOPP - Knights Cross with Oakleaves & Swords - U-522
KovettenKapitan Helmut WITTE - Knights Cross - U-159
Kapitanleutnant Gerhard BIELIG - Knights Cross - U-177
Kapitanleutnant Horst Von SCHROETER - Knights Cross - U-123
Kapitainleutanant Alfred EICK - Knights Cross - U-510
Korvettenkapitan Jurgen OESTEN - Knights Cross - U-61 & U-106
Oberst Hajo HERRMANN - Knights Cross with Oakleaves & Swords - KG30
Major Kurt DAHLMANN - Knights Cross with Oakleaves - KG30
Heinrich SUDEL - Knights Cross - KG55
Erich TAEGER - Knights Cross
WOLFPACK DOUBLE REMARQUE EDITION
Limited to just 20 worldwide, each print has TWO original pencil drawings inscribed on it by Artist Nicolas Trudgian plus the signatures above.