The Third Reich was crumbling. As the long nights of winter grew increasingly shorter, by
February 1945 the Allied forces on the ground were advancing ever deeper into German territory,
tightening the noose on Hitler’s failing armies. In the air, the Luftwaffe was fighting a losing
battle. Having lost control of the skies they were increasingly powerless to stop the Allied Air
Forces degrading what little was left of the German war machine. Yet, short of fuel, aircraft,
spare parts and pilots, the survivors fought on in a dogged but determined daylight struggle to
stop the US Eighth Air Force bombers from reaching their targets.
From the moment the first long-range P-51 Mustangs had appeared in German skies, the
Luftwaffe was, however, facing an uphill struggle. No longer did the American bombers have to
fend for themselves as they ventured deep into enemy territory. With the introduction of the P-51
– probably the finest long-range piston-engine fighter of all time – they now had close escorts at
all times and although it had taken months of grim and bitter encounters, the Allies had finally
established total control of the skies. It was still no easy task for the Mustang pilots who had to
remain ever vigilant, as battle-weary pilots of the Luftwaffe refused to surrender.
Robert Taylor’s bold masterwork The Eagles Divide portrays one of the many increasingly
desperate Luftwaffe attacks on the big daylight raids undertaken by the heavy bombers of the
Eighth Air Force to pound strategic targets still in German hands, as Bf109Gs from JG4 are once
again thwarted in their attempt to attack a large force of American bombers over northern
Germany in February 1945. Luckily for the bomber crews, eagle-eyed P-51 escort pilots from the
339th Fighter Group have quickly spotted the danger and dive to break up the enemy formation
with a perilous head-on pass whilst, in the distance, their colleagues race to join the action and
disperse the Luftwaffe attack.
Overall size: 24" x 32"
Available in the following editions
Signed by Maj. Erich Rudorffer
Signed by four P-51 pilots and two Bf109 pilots - Very low inventory
As above - Low inventory
Collectors edition & A/P signatures / victories
Maj. Erich Rudorffer - 222
Hauptmann Karl Fritz Schlossstein - 8
Col. Arthur 'Art' Fiedler - 8
Lt. Col. Bob Goebel - 11
Capt. James L. Brooks - 13
Col. Herschel 'Herky' Green - 18
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