Bismarck into Battle by Mark Postlewaithe print 304 of 850 signed Ltd Edition For Sale


Bismarck into Battle by Mark Postlewaithe print 304 of 850 signed Ltd Edition

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Bismarck into Battle by Mark Postlewaithe print 304 of 850 signed Ltd Edition:
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No 304/850 limited edition print size overall size 70 x 43cm image size 62 x 32 cm.

Combination of Aviation & Naval art by Mark Postlethwaite.

Depicts the Majestic Bismarck leaving Grimstadfjord in Norway . The battleship is escorted By Messerschmitt Bf110s of II/zg 76 Based at nearby Herdia.

The time is 19.45 Hours on 21 May 1941 and the scene is one of tranqulity before the battle commences.

During the next seven days the Bismarck will take on the combined might of British Air and Naval Forces, Sinking H.M.S Hood, and Finallycoming to rest in the waters of the North Atlantic with the loss of almost 2000 Lives and only 115 survivors.

Shark mouth noses contrasting sharply with the grey camouflage.

Seven Signature Edition, now no longer available, the signatures are as follows

Signed by one ME110 Pilot, Four Bismarck survivors and two swordfish Pilots who attacked the Bismarck

Oberstleutnant Hans-Joachim Jabs, A Knight's Cross with oak leaves Holder, Jabs began his military career in 1936 serving with JG344 Which later became ZG76. An accomplished pilot who spent most of his career flying the Messerschmitt 110, he became Kommodore of NJG1 in March 1944 and ended the war with 50 victories.

Hans Hellwig, Joined up in 1940 as a machineist/fitter and served on the Bismarck in Division III maintaining the Caesar Gun Turret as well as the port side 15 and 10 cm Guns. After the Bismarck was sunk, he was rescued from the water by HMS Dorsetshire.

Herbert Jahn, Joined up in 1939 as an engineer, served on the Bismarck in Division XII maintaining Turbines. Was wounded during the sinking of the Bismarck and was rescued from the water by HMS Dorsetshire.

Fritz Mathes, Joined up in 1935 and served on the Admiral Scheer, winning the German Spanish Cross in Bronze with Swords during a Spanish engagement in May 1937. Transferred to the Bismarck as Corporal in charge of optical Rangefinding. Rescued after the sinking by HMS Maori.

Josef Statz, Joined up in 1940 as a technician, served on the Bismarck in Division XII in the ships Control room reporting to the First Officer. Was rescued after the sinking by HMS Dorsetshire and went onto write the book 2 Schlachtschiff Bismarck.

Lieutenant Commander Sean Dixon- Child, Pilot with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, he flew Swordfish 5B on 26th May 1941off Ark Royal in a strike against the Bismarck. The 15 Swordfish in this particular strike were credited with 2 confirmed hits and one probable. These hits were directly responsible for the sequence of events which led ultimately to the sinking of the Bismarck.

Lieutenant commander John Moffat, Pilot with the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, he joined the RNVR at the outbreak of WW2. After flying with varies squadrons he flew Swordfish 5C on 26thMay 1941 off Ark Royal in a strike against the Basmarck. The 15 Swordfish in this particular strike were credited with 2 confirmed hits and one



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