Though undoubtedly one of the Luftwaffe’s great fighter leaders, Günther Lützow is probably best remembered for confronting Hermann Goering at the famous “Wing Commanders Conference” held in Berlin in January 1945.
Called to Goering’s meeting of high ranking fighter staff to air their grievances, the fearless Lützow didn’t hesitate to lay these on the line. Adolf Galland had been dismissed as General of the Fighter Arm for his outspoken criticism of the Luftwaffe High Command and Lützow opened with a valiant attempt to have him reinstated, at the same time forcefully raising the matter of Goering’s abuse and stated mistrust of his fighter pilots. Goering exploded and stormed out of the meeting threatening to have everyone attending either shot or court-marshalled. The gallant Lützow was saved by his record and reputation, but was relieved from his command and banished to Italy.
Gerald’s superb piece depicts the roar of Daimler-Benz engines at full power as they day awakens, with Günther Lützow, his aircraft still in the markings of his previous unit JG51, leading his Me109F’s of JG3 into combat from a snow covered airfield at Schatalowka on the Russian Front, in December 1941.
THE LIMITED EDITION
Joining artist Gerald Coulson, every print of MORNING CHORUS is authenticated with the signatures of FOUR highly respected Me109 fighter pilots who flew in combat on the Eastern Front. None of them had ever previously signed for the Military Gallery.
Feldwebel JOHANNES BACHMANN
Fähnrich MANFRED LEISEBEIN
Fähnrich KLAUS VOLLGOLD
Unteroffizier OTFRIED SAHL
THE HARTMANN TRIBUTE EDITION
Each print is also accompanied by a matching numbered companion print, which is matted to full conservation standards and includes the original pencil signature of the highest scoring fighter ace in history for a total of five signatures.
Oberst ERICH HARTMANN KC WITH OAK LEAVES, SWORDS AND DIAMONDS