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Knight of the Reich by Robert Taylor.


Knight of the Reich by Robert Taylor.

On the morning of 15th October 1943, as Bf109G's from III./JG52 dive into attack a group of Russian fighters high over Zaporozhye in south-east Ukraine, their Kommandeur Hauptmann Gunther Rall pounces on a Soviet La-5 to claim his 222nd victory. During this astonishing one month period Rall shot down 40 aircraft and at the end of November 1943 achieved 250 victories - at the time only the second Ace to do so after Walter Nowotny. By the time he was posted back to the West, he was well on the way to his final score of 275 victories, making him the third highest-scoring Ace in history. Had he not been wounded in action numerous times and forced to spend months in hospital, he might well have been the highest-scoring Ace of them all.
Item Code : DHM6471Knight of the Reich by Robert Taylor. - This Edition
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PRINTSigned limited edition of 275 prints.

Image size 26 inches x 16.5 inches (66cm x 42cm), Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm) Rall, Gunther
+ Artist : Robert Taylor


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Other editions of this item : Knight of the Reich by Robert Taylor. DHM6471
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Eastern Front edition of 25 artist proofs. Image size 26 inches x 16.5 inches (66cm x 42cm), Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm) Rall, Gunther
Broch, Hugo
Rudorffer, Erich
Schlossstein, Karl-Fritz
Schuck, Walter
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
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PRINTEastern Front edition of 200 prints. Image size 26 inches x 16.5 inches (66cm x 42cm), Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm) Rall, Gunther
Broch, Hugo
Rudorffer, Erich
Schlossstein, Karl-Fritz
Schuck, Walter
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
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PRESENTATIONEastern Front tribute edition of 10 prints.

SOLD OUT.
Image size 26 inches x 16.5 inches (66cm x 42cm), Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm) Rall, Gunther
Broch, Hugo
Rudorffer, Erich
Schlossstein, Karl-Fritz
Schuck, Walter
Wolfrum, Walter (companion print)
Marquardt, Heinz (companion print)
Bosch, Oskar (companion print)
Bob, Hans-Ekkehard (companion print)
Hartmann, Erich (matted on companion print)
Barkhorn, Gerhard (matted on companion print)
Schack, Gunther (matted on companion print)
Trenkel, Rudolf (matted on companion print)
Thyben, Gerhard (matted on companion print)
Tegtmeier, Fritz (matted on companion print)
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
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REMARQUEEastern Front edition of 15 remarques.

SOLD OUT.
Image size 26 inches x 16.5 inches (66cm x 42cm), Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm) Rall, Gunther
Broch, Hugo
Rudorffer, Erich
Schlossstein, Karl-Fritz
Schuck, Walter
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
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REMARQUEEastern Front edition of 10 double remarques.

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Image size 26 inches x 16.5 inches (66cm x 42cm), Paper size 32 inches x 24 inches (81cm x 61cm) Rall, Gunther
Broch, Hugo
Rudorffer, Erich
Schlossstein, Karl-Fritz
Schuck, Walter
+ Artist : Robert Taylor
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Signatures on this item
*The value given for each signature has been calculated by us based on the historical significance and rarity of the signature. Values of many pilot signatures have risen in recent years and will likely continue to rise as they become more and more rare.
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General Gunther Rall (deceased)
*Signature Value : £75

A young pilot with III/JG52 at the outbreak of war. He quickly demonstrated his natural ability and leadership qualities, scoring his first air victory early in the Battle of Britain, and by July 1940 was leading 8/JG52. After transfer to the Eastern Front his air victories mounted at an astonishing rate. A crash hospitalised him but within nine months he was back in the cockpit, and, when commanding III/JG52, gained the Wings 500th victory. Gunther fought throughout the war to become the 3rd highest Ace in history with 275 victories. He was awarded the Knights Cross with Oak Leaves and Swords. Gunther Rall was born on March 10, 1918 in the small Bavarian town of Gaggenau, Baden. Immersing himself in Boy Scout activities during the difficult economic times in Germany following WW 1, Rall finished school in 1936 and joined the German Army. Influenced by a friend, who was a young officer in the Luftwaffe, Rall entered pilots school in 1938. His initial posting was with JG52. He attained his first aerial victory during the Battle of France in May of 1940. During the Battle of Britain JG52 absorbed many casualties, and Rall was promoted to Squadron Commander at the young age of 22. With his fair-hair and smooth complexion the young officer looked even younger than his years. But behind this pleasant exterior was a fierce competitor with the heart of a tiger. Later, Ralls squadron would support the attack on Crete, followed by deployment to the Southern Sector on the Eastern Front. Ralls victory totals began to mount. Following his 37 th victory, GiInther was himself shot down. He was lucky to survive the crash, but with a badly broken back he would spend most of the next year in various hospitals. In Vienna at the University Hospital he would meet his future wife, Hertha. Miraculously, Rall recovered and returned to the Luftwaffe in August of 1942. By November his score exceeded 100 and he was awarded the Oak Leaves to accompany the Knights Cross he was awarded only weeks earlier. As the War progressed against Russia, Rall began to encounter ever more experienced Soviet pilots flying better performing aircraft. Despite this fact, and being shot down several more times himself, Ralls victory tally kept rising. By March of 1944 the ace had attained 273 aerial victories. With the War now going badly for Germany, Rall was transferred to the Western Front. He was able to attain only two more victories against the swarms of Allied bombers and fighter escorts which now pounded Germany every day and night. In May of 1944 Rall was shot down by a P-47. Losing his thumb in the battle he remained out of combat until later in 1944. Ralls final assignments included flying 190Ds as Kornmodore of JG300, and flying the Me-262 jet. Ralls 275 aerial victories (attained on less than 700 combat sorties) make him the third highest scoring ace of all time. If not for the down time suffered as a result of his broken back, Rall might have actually equaled or exceeded Erich Hartmanns alltime record of 352 aerial victories. Rall was not much for socializing during the War. He was a fierce competitor with a businessmans attitude about flying. He was an excellent marksman, and possibly the best deflection shot expert of the War. He continued to fly with the Bundeslufwaffe following the War, serving as its Commander-In Chief in 1970-74. Sadly Gunther Rall died on 4th October 2009.

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