VOYAGE INTO DESTINY By Robert Taylor -
FRAMED PRESENTATION COPY
One of Robert's most impressive Maritime pieces, 'Voyage Into Destiny' features the most famous German warship of all time, the Bismarck. Armed with 15 Inch guns and weighing in at 42,000 tons, the Bismarck was a ship built to face down any other battleship afloat. If the vessel were to encounter any Allied merchant shipping it had the firepower to deal with, not just the defenceless merchant ships, but also the convoy escorts.
In May 1941 Bismarck, along with the battlecrusier Prinz Eugen, took part in 'Operation Rheinubung' - making a dash for the Atlantic and the busy Allied shipping lanes. The two German ships were intercepted South West of Iceland by elements of the Royal Navy Home Fleet led by HMS Hood. Despite this Bismarck's first gunnery encounter, they, along with salvos from the Prinz Eugen, straddled and hit HMS Hood resulting in a huge explosion that tore the ship apart. The Royal Navy responded and a torpedo hit by an attacking Fairey Swordfish caused the Bismarck's rudder to jam, effectively condemning her as she could only sail in circles.
When a large Royal Navy fleet caught up with Bismarck she fought valiantly but was pounded and sunk - she had only lasted less than a week.
Robert Taylor's stunning image shows Bismarck off the Norwegian coast at the start of 'Operation Rheinubung' together with the Prinz Eugen and the destroyers Hans Lody and Z23. Above the formidable German armada, the Me109's of JG77 are providing air cover during this vulnerable period. This evening the Bismarck and Prinz Eugen will leave for the Denmark Strait and their appointment with history.
This Edition was Published back in 2002 and originally has THREE veteran Signatures.
This is a Framed 'Presentation Copy' of the extremely rare EIGHT Signature Edition that has been Signed by FIVE veteran Survivors of the Bismarck and THREE Luftwaffe Aces that flew patrols over Norway:-
MASCHINENOBERGEFREITER [STOKER 1st CLASS] OTTO PETERS
Peters was a leading stoker in one of the ship's boiler rooms. He was also Fire Party on the Battery Deck. He was one of the 85 survivors rescued by HMS Dorsetshire after the action.
HAUPTMANN HUGO DAHMER - KNIGHTS CROSS
Dahmer flew with JG26 in the Battle of Britain before joining JG77 for it's patrols in Norway. He eventually scored 57 victories and was awarded the Knights Cross.
OBERLEUTNANT ERNST SCHEUFELE
Scheufele joined JG5 in Norway in 1941 and flew Me109's during that period. In all, he flew 67 escort Missions for German Naval Units and these included both the Bismarck and her sister ship the Tirpitz. He was shot down and captured in December 1944 after scoring 18 Victories.
OBERGEFREITER [ORDINARY SEAMAN] HANS HELLWIG
Hellwig was gun crew on one of the Bismarck's main 15 Inch gun turrets. During the Bismarck's final action Hellwig's main gun was disabled by Royal Navy gunfire. He switched to one of the starboard 6 inch guns and continued to fight! He was picked up by HMS Dorsetshire after Bismarck sank.
MASCHINEMAAT [MECHANIC 2nd CLASS] HEINZ STEEG
Steeg was an engineer on the Diesel Generators within Bismarck. Heinz Steeg was yet another survivor pulled from the ocean by HMS Dorsetshire after the sinking. Steeg's English was extremely good, so he volunteered to be a 'translator' for the survivors on board HMS Dorsetshire.
MATROSENGEFREITER [ABLE SEAMAN] WALTER WEINTZ
Weintz served in Bismarck's 'Radio Room A' as radio operator during the last voyage. He was also involved in the damage control party's efforts to contain the fires on the ship. In 2000, he and other survivors, were there when the wreck of the Bismarck was located and filmed.
MATROSENGEFREITER [ABLE SEAMAN] KARL KUHN
Kuhn was tasked with ammunition supply of the ship's long range anti-aircraft guns. Another lucky survivor picked up by HMS Dorsetshire.
OBERLEUTNANT WALTER SCHUCK - KNIGHTS CROSS WITH OAK LEAVES
Schuck flew numerous patrols with JG5 in Norway becoming one of that Units highest scoring 'Aces'. Schuck later flew the Me262 jet with JG7 at the end of the war. He scored 206 victories - 8 with the Me262.
This fabulous piece has been superbly Framed and Mounted to Preservation standard by the 'Aces High Gallery' in Wendover to include a pair of Luftwaffe and Kriegsmarine Eagles.
The Framed item measures an impressive 38 x 29 Inches.
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