"EAGLES AT DAWN"
Autographed by Helmut Bennemann, Heinz Ewald, Helmut Heckes, Werner Hohenberg, Friedrich Schelker, Günther Seeger and Franz Woidrich.
L/E of 490 Comrades Edition. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Size: 33" x 25"
SECOND ISSUE IN THE HARTMANN TRILOGY
Arranged with Colonel Hartmann in 1990, the Hartmann Trilogy comprises
three carefully restricted limited editions, to be released onto the international art market
over three consecutive years between 1997 and the year 2000.
On Thursday, August 24, 1944 a 22-year old Oberleutnant Erich Hartmann powered his Mel09G fighter in a spectacular low pass over his squadron's airstrip in north-eastern Rumania, wagging his wings to the cheering Luftwaffe personnel on the ground below. The young flaxen-haired pilot had just become the first fighter Ace in history to bring down 300 enemy aircraft in combat.
As World War II drew to its close, after three and a half years of continual aerial combat, this gifted young fighter pilot brought his final tally of aerial victories to 352, bringing down a Yak-7 during the last of his 1400 missions on May 8, 1945. He was the most successful fighter pilot of all time.
By special arrangement made during his lifetime, the Military Gallery is proud to announce the issue of the second edition in the Hartmann Trilogy - a set of three print editions by Robert Taylor, each print carrying the original signature of the world's greatest fighter Ace.
In this dramatic rendition, the world's number one aviation artist captures a brilliantly colorful midwinter scene during the final phase of the war on the Eastern Front. Glinting in the sub-zero early morning sunlight as fresh snow begins to fall, and led by their Gruppenkommandeur Erich Hartmann, the Mel09G fighters of I./JG-53 scramble off the snow-covered airstrip at Veszprem in Hungary, February 1945. They will intercept waves of Russian fighters and bombers in the skies above Czechoslovakia in a last ditch attempt to repel the impending invasion of Germany.
Specially published as a commemorative set of three highly restricted editions, with each print individually signed by Erich Hartmann in 1990, EAGLES AT DAWN is the second edition in the Hartmann Trilogy. As a special tribute to Hartmann by fellow fighter pilots who flew on the Eastern Front, a number of prints are also signed by pilots of JG-52 and JG-53, the two groups with which Erich Hartmann scored his victories.
THE HARTMANN TRILOGY
The Hartmann Trilogy was arranged with Colonel Erich Hartmann in 1990 and consists of three highly restricted limited editions. Issued as a commemorative set over a three year period which began in 1997 with the release of STING OF THE BLACK TULIP, every print in each edition is individually signed by Colonel Erich Hartmann. Details of the third and final edition will be announced and released in 1999. The three editions of The Hartmann Trilogy are an opportunity to acquire a unique part of the world's aviation history.
The greatest fighter Ace in history.
The son of a doctor, the young Erich Hartmann was taught to fly gliders at 14 by his mother - a keen aviation enthusiast! Joining the Luftwaffe in 1940, he was posted after training to JG-52 on the Eastem Front. Scoring his first victory on November 5, 1942, it was not until the spring of 1943 that his victories began to mount. He passed loo victories in September 1943 when leading 9./JG-52, and 200 victories six months later. On August 23, 1944 he passed 300. After a brief spell leading 4./JG-52, he was posted in early 1945 as Gruppenkommandeur of l./JG-53 at Veszprem in Hungary. He finished the war leading I./JG-52 and scored his 352nd and final victory on the last day of the war, to become the highest scoring fighter Ace of all time.
Erich Hartmann was decorated with the Knight's Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords and Diamonds - Gemlany's highest military award.
Each print in the Hartmann Trilogy was individually signed by Colonel Erich Hartmann in 1990. Part of the edition has also been signed by fellow Luftwaffefighter pilots.
THE COMRADES EDITION
Print numbers 1 - 490
As a tribute to the world 's greatestfighter Ace, seven fellow Luftwaffe pilots have joined Erich Hartmann in signing part of this second issue in the Hartmann Trilogy. As comrades-in-arms, they all flew with JG-52 or JG-53, the two groups with which Hartmann scored his victories.
Oberstleutnant HELMUT BENNEMANN
During the Battle of Britam Helmut Benmemann was Gruppenadjutamt with l./JG-52 on the Channel Front. In April 1942 he was Staffelkapitan of 3./JG-52 in the east and was appointed Kommandeur of l./JG-52 from Jume 1942 until October 1943. Posted to Italy rn November 1943 until the end of the war, he was Kommodore of JG-53 (Ace of Spades) in this theater and in the defense of Germany. Helmut Benmemalm flew over 400 missions, scoring 92 victories and was awarded the Knight's Cross.
Leutnant HEINZ EWALD
Heinz 'Esau' Ewald joined 5./JG-52 in Russia as a young Unteroffizier in the late summer of 1943 amd flew with them for the entire duration of the war. Always regarded as one of the finest of the youmg pilots of JG-52, he flew as wingman to Major Gerhard Barkhorn, Kommandeur of 11./JG-52 amd second highest scoring Ace in history. Heinz Ewald scored his 50th victory on December 29, 1944 when at Veszprem in Humgary. He flew a total of 396 missions and scored 84 victories. He was awarded the Knight's Cross m April 1945.
Unteroffizier HELMUT HECKES
Helmut Heckes joined the Luftwaffe m August 1941, and rn October 1943 was posted to l./JG-52 based at Novo-Saporozhe rn the southern Russian sector. He flew combat in most variants of the MelO9. He joined 12./JG11 in 1944. Shortly afterwards, following 72 successful combat missions he was shot down by a Lagg 5 on June 26, 1944. Spending six months in hospital his woumds were so severe that he was unable to fly again for the rest of the war. He was awarded the Iron Cross 2nd Class.
Oberfeldwebel WERNER HOHENBERG
Werner Hohenberg joined JG-52 in July 1942, flying with 8th Staffel, often together with Hartmann rn 7./JG-52. On July 9, 1942 he was badly woumded when his arrcMft was hit by Russian flak, causing him to be in hospital until November 1944. He was then posted to JG-2 'Richthofen' on the Western Front. On January 1, 1945 he took part in Operation Bodenplatte, and was again shot down, this time by U.S. flak. Landing behind British lines he was taken P.O.W. Werner Hohenberg flew over 200 combat missions, scoring 33 air victories. He was awarded the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd class.
Unteroffizier FRIEDRICH SCHELKER
Jornmg the Luftwaffe in the autumn of 1940, Friedrich Schelker was posted to l./JG-52 at Dnepropetrowsk a year later, flying the MelO9F. Later when serving with 7./JG-51 rn the southern sector of Mariupol he was shot down and badly wounded. After hospitalisation, in 1943 he transferred to fly the Fieseler Fi.156 Storch. Friedrich sened throughout the Eastern Front, in Russia, Rumania and Hungary. He scored 22 victories and was awarded the Iron Cross 1st and 2nd Class.
Oberleutnant GÜNTHER SEEGER
In February 1940 Günther Seeger was a Unteroffizier with 3./JG-2, scoring his first victory in the early days of the Batde of Britain. He served on the Chamnel Front until December 1942, including several months with the Geschwaderstabsschwarm. He transferred to the Mediterramean theater with Il./JG-2 before joining 6./JG-53. In February 1943 he joined 7./JG-53 becoming Staffelkapitan in September 1944. Awarded the Knight's Cross, Gunther Seeger scored 56 victories.
Oberleutnant FRANZ WOIDICH
Born in 1921, Franz Woidich was posted to 11./JG-27 m July 1941 as an Oberfahnrich amd claimed his first two victories in North Africa. In April 1942 he joined 3./JG52 rn Russia and was awarded the Knight's Cross after 80 victories before transferrmg in August 1944 to the Ergänzungsstaffel to fly the Me163 at Gutenfeld, amd fmished the war as Staffelkapitan with Il./JG-400. He flew over 1000 missions amd scored 110 victories.