Bf109s of JG-52 sweep through a snow covered valley, returning from a mission over the Caucasus Mountains, the highest range in Europe, November 1942.
On 23rd July 1942, Hitler issued Directive 45 for Operation Brunswick – the German leaders plans to overrun the Caucasus – and carry his occupying forces to Stalingrad. However stiff Russian resistance and a bitterly cold winter brought the Panzer divisions to a halt and it was all the ground crews could do to keep the Luftwaffe in the air.
Responsibility for all air activity in the Southern sector was given to the formidable JG-52 Wing. Under the mercurial leadership of Dieter Hrabak, the unit produced the three highest scoring Fighter Aces of the war, along with many more whose names became legendary.
The print is individually numbered and personally signed by the artist, along with and three legendary Aces who flew with JG-52:
Generalmajor DIETER HRABAK – 125 victories
Generalleutnant GÜNTHER RALL – 275 victories
Oberleutnant WALTER WOLFRUM – 137 victories