Messerschmitt Me 109s of JG-2 fly close escort as the German capital ships Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, and Prinz Eugen, accompanied by a naval flotilla, round the tip of the Cherbourg Peninsula at dawn, February 12th, 1942.
Released as part of the highly collectible Galland Trilogy which also included Fighter General and Most Memorable Day
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1000Limited Edition With five outstanding signatures
75Giclee Studio Proofs Ships rolled (Please ask about stretching)


At dawn on 12 February 1942 a German battle fleet rounded the Cherbourg peninsula. Their destination was Germany.

Undetected, the battlecruisers Scharnhorst and Gneisenau, together with the cruiser Prinz Eugen and supporting vessels, had escaped from the French port of Brest, and were making an audacious dash – in broad daylight and under the noses of the enemy – to the safety of the Elbe Estuary. But first they must sail through the Straits of Dover, one of the narrowest and most heavily defended straits in the world.

Everything depended on surprise – and air cover. Given the job of providing that air cover was one of Hitler’s youngest Generals, Adolf Galland, and his Messerschmitt Me109’s of JG-26.

Never, perhaps, has such a significant air-sea operation been portrayed with such style as by Robert Taylor in this now classic Masterwork.. Originally created as the first in the famous “Galland Trilogy,” it remains one of most highly desired and collectable limited editions ever published.


Each print has been personally signed by the artist along with Adolf Galland and veterans of Operation Cerberus:

Generalleutnant ADOLF GALLAND Knights Cross with Oak Leaves, Swords & Diamonds
Major GERHARD SCHOPFEL Knights Cross
Korvettekapitän FRIEDRICH-KARL PAUL Knights Cross
Oberleutnant ADOLF GLUNZ Knights Cross with Oak Leaves
Oberleutnant-zur-see GERD-DIETRICH SCHNEIDER Knights Cross

This stunning piece has become one of the most iconic and collected pieces in Robert Taylor’s portfolio and is rarely available in the secondary market.


Using the most sophisticated digital Giclée technology, each Canvas Proof is printed directly on to fine canvas creating the look and feel of an original painting. Each canvas is fully authorized and personally signed by the artist, stamped on the back, hand numbered and titled.

Studio Proof stretched size: 36” wide x 24” high

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Overall Print Size

33 x 26 inches

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