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DUEL IN THE DARK

The First Edition in Robert Taylor's new LUFTWAFFE TRILOGY
An exciting new limited edition by Robert Taylor portraying a daring
attack by the Luftwaffe's top-scoring night-fighter ace,
with prints signed by Luftwaffe night-fighter pilots from the era

DUEL IN THE DARK by Robert Taylor

The air war fought throughout World War II in the night skies above Europe raged six long years. RAF Hurricanes sent up to intercept the Luftwaffe's nightly blitz on British cities had no more equipment than the fighters that fought the Battle of Britain during the day, but as the scale of nightly conflict developed, detection and navigation aids - primitive by today's standards - were at the cutting edge of World War II aviation technology.
As the air war progressed the intensity of the RAF's nightly raids grew to epic proportions, and the Luftwaffe night-fighters became a critical last line of defence as their cities were pounded from above.
By 1944 the Luftwaffe was operating sophisticated systems coordinating radar, searchlights and flak batteries, enabling effective guidance to increasingly wily aircrews flying equipment-laden aircraft. But the RAF had in turn developed their own detection equipment, and the nightly aerial contests between fighters and bombers were desperate affairs. Night-fighter pilots were men of special calibre, requiring a blend of all the best piloting and navigational qualities combined with patience, determination, and no small element of cunning. They were hunters in the purest sense, constantly honing their skills, and pitting their wits against a formidable foe.
The young aircrews of the Luftwaffe fought a brave but losing battle in defence of their homeland, but their dedication never faltered, and their bravery is legend.
Robert Taylor pays tribute to this courageous and skilled group of flyers with his new painting Duel in the Dark. It is August 1944. As Lancaster heavy bombers of 106 Squadron approach the target, Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer, Kommandeur of IV./ NJG1 and the Luftwaffe's top-scoring night- fighter pilot, makes a daring attack passing feet below the mighty four-engine aircraft. Flying his Me110 night-fighter among the flak and searchlights he has scored hits on the bombers outer starboard engine. While his gunner fiercely returns fire from the bomber's front turret gunner, the night-fighter Ace will slip into the shadows before selecting another quarry. His night's work is not yet done.

Each print is signed by aircrew personally involved in bringing
‘The Peacemaker’ home, and in fighter escort

The Signatories

The Knights Cross Edition. Individually numbered 1-350
350 signed & numbered with 5 signatures

The Night-Fighter Edition: Individually numbered 1-250
Complete with matching numbered colour companion print
‘Night Attacker’ signed by the artist Robert Taylor.

The Trilogy Proofs: individually numbered 1-100.
With additional signature, issued with companion print
‘Night Attacker’ plus matching numbered
Signed pencil drawing proof ‘Before The Storm’ signed by: Major Martin Drewes
100 signed and numbered prints with SEVEN signatures.

Knight's Cross Edition signed by

Oberst WOLFGANG FALCK
Major WERNER HOFFMANN
Major PAUL ZORNER
Oberfeldwebel GÜNTHER BAHR
Leutnant FRITZ RUMPELHARDT

The Night Fighter Edtion also signed by
Hauptmann PETER SPODEN

The Trilogy Proofs additionally signed by
Major MARTIN DREWES


Print size: 33 x 25ins approx

The Knight's Cross Edition Edition size: 350 Price: £195.00
The Night-Fighter Edition
Edition size: 250 Price: £250.00
The Trilogy Proofs
Edition size: 100 Price: £295.00 SOLD OUT
Artist Proof Edition size: 25 Price: £320.00
Remarque Edition size: 25 Price: £450.00
PRINT TERMINOLOGY - see below


All major credit cards are accepted with delivery taking usually
5-7 days for Europe and 7-10 days for the rest of the World.

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