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Thunder in the Ardennes by Anthony Saunders.


Thunder in the Ardennes by Anthony Saunders.

P-47 Thunderbolts of the 509th Fighter Squadron, 405th Fighter Group, pass low over paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division advancing through heavy snow during the Battle of the Bulge, January 1945. Major Robert 'Blackie' Blackburn, in his distinctive aircraft Chow Hound, leads his unit as they head out on a morning low-level bombing mission. In the early hours of 16th December 1944, out of nowhere, hundreds of panzers and thousands of troops poured forward as Hitler launched the last great German offensive of the war and, for once, the Allies had been wrong-footed. The thinly-held Ardennes was the last place they had been expecting a counter-attack, but now three German armies were heading west across an 80-mile front. Caught off guard the Americans rushed in reinforcements, including the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions encamped near Reims, over a hundred miles away. Exhausted by the fighting in Holland during Operation Market Garden, they had been sent to Reims to recuperate. They never got the chance. Thrown into the thick of the action the 82nd helped to blunt the Germans' advance to the north, whilst at Bastogne, a pivotal town further south, the 101st, surrounded, out-numbered and besieged, refused to surrender. The line held and three days before Christmas the panzers ground to a halt, stalled by lack of fuel. As the weather improved the Allies could now bring their airpower into play. Hitler's last gamble had failed.
Item Code : DHM6484Thunder in the Ardennes by Anthony Saunders. - This Edition
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PRINTSigned limited edition of 175 prints.

Paper size 31.5 inches x 24 inches (82cm x 61cm) Lopez, Edward J
Prevost, Herbert L
+ Artist : Anthony Saunders


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Other editions of this item : Thunder in the Ardennes by Anthony Saunders. DHM6484
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Collectors edition of 25 artist proofs. Paper size 31.5 inches x 24 inches (82cm x 61cm) Lopez, Edward J
Prevost, Herbert L
McCandless, Dean
Dumouchelle, Leo A
Perez, Salvador Sal
Petersen, Arthur Art
Coleman, Wayne L
+ Artist : Anthony Saunders
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PRINTCollectors edition of 125 prints. Paper size 31.5 inches x 24 inches (82cm x 61cm) Lopez, Edward J
Prevost, Herbert L
McCandless, Dean
Dumouchelle, Leo A
Perez, Salvador Sal
Petersen, Arthur Art
Coleman, Wayne L
+ Artist : Anthony Saunders
£15 Off!
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*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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1st Lieutenant Edward J Lopez DFC
*Signature Value : £10

Joining the 365th Fighter Group slightly after D-Day he fought through Normandy, Bastogne and into Germany, dropping 500lb bombs on armored convoys. On one occasion he pressed on to destroy flak guns despite being badly hit by their 20mm fire.


Colonel Herbert L Prevost DFC
*Signature Value : £10

Joining the Hell Hawks in June 1944 he flew operations on D-Day and over Normandy, once managing to return his P-47 after str4iking his propeller on the ground whilst strafing a train. He was awarded the DFC for helping destroy seven tanks, three armored vehicles and five trucks at Weyerbusch in March 1945.

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