Are proud to announce a NEW set of limited edition prints honouring the men who fought
at the 'Battle of the Bulge'
by the world’s renowned Aviation Artist Nicolas Trudgian
In the snowy hills and forests of the Ardennes, in January 1945, the German army’s last
great thrust in the West comes to nothing as a lack of fuel and ammunition bring even the
mightiest of tanks to a cold demise. With the roads swept clear of abandoned armour the
Allies head east towards the German heartland and final victory.
Signed by four British veterans who fought in the Ardennes offensive
Alan King – 2 troop “B” Squadron – 1st East Riding Yeomary -D-Day 6 June 1944 - Sword Beach - Ardennes December ’44 - Sherman Tank
Jack Woods – 9 RTR – 34 Armoured Brigade – Juno Beach 19 June ’44 – Ardennes –
Villers aux Toues - Marstric Bridge – Churchill Tank
Leonard Fox – 53rd Welsh RASC – Dispatch Rider- D-Day 6 June ’44 – Gold Beach – 50th Northumberland- Hells highway
Nijmesan – 30 Corp (Market Garden) – Ardennes La Roche December ‘44
Ted Bootle – RASC Attached to 6 Airbourne – D-Day 6 June ‘44
Resupplied Major Howard at Pegasus Bridge- transported troops and ordinance to Ardennes December ‘44
THE DANGEROUS ROAD TO BASTOGNE
On a lonely road, deep among the snowy hills of the Ardennes, American troops gaze in
awe at a German ‘King Tiger’ tank. Despite its apparently vast superiority over Allied
armour, the mighty tank has been abandoned simply through lack of fuel in the latter
stages of the Battle of the Bulge, January 1945.
The print is signed by:
Art Staymates – Served in the 26th Infantry division and was in the first wave to land on the D-Day invasion, wounded
twice and received a Battlefield commission he fought from the D-Day Beaches all the way up into Germany, his final posting
of the war was guarding the top twelve criminals at the Nuremberg trials
STAPME’S FINAL ATTACK
On December 23rd 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, Squadron Leader
Basil ‘Stapme' Stapleton was flying his Hawker Typhoon of No.247 Squadron on an
offensive patrol from his base at Eindhoven. Behind enemy lines, he spotted a train and
pressed home a determined attack with rockets and cannon fire. Unluckily, as the boiler of
the locomotive violently exploded, shrapnel damaged his aircraft and Stapme had to make
a crash-landing, spending the rest of the war as a prisoner.
Gerald Stapleton – served with 603 Squadron in the Battle of Britain and commanded 247 Squadron flying Typhoons.
THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE SET OF THREE PRINTS -
Set of the three limited edition prints of only 75 worldwide,
all matching numbers
Churchill’s Advance, The Dangerous Road to Bastogne, Stapme’s Final Attack
£110 each set
THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE ORIGINAL DRAWING TRIBUTE EDITION
Comprising of the three prints above and the following
An original drawing by Nicolas Trudgian
Which carries the original signatures of eight distinguished American Servicemen they are five members from the famed 506th, 101st airborne,
Wild ‘Bill’ Guarnere
And Also three members of the 285 F.a.o.b. who where captured and survived the terrible Malmedy Massacre on the 17th December 1944.
You can request your own original drawing.
THE BATTLE OF THE BULGE
Signed bookplate by the following veterans involved in the Battle of the Bulge
Bertram Winzer - was born in Emmaus, Pennsylvania in 1922. Drafted into the Army in 1942, he was assigned to the
elite joint Canadian-American 1st Special Force, a parachute commando unit that would become known as 'The Devil’s Bridge'.
He fought in the Aleutian Island Campaign at Kiska and Sefula, in Italy at Naples-Foggia, Ansio, and Rome-Arno, and in
southern France and the Rhineland. Awarded a Purple Heart for a shrapnel wound incurred in 1944, Bertram is also the
recipient of several campaign medals.
Thomas “Wally” Clarke – served as a machine gun sergeant under General Patton in the 3rd Army, 26th Division, 101st
Infantry Division, company D.
Martin Fleisher – served with the 9th Air Force, 397th Bomb Group. He first flew missions from fields in south eastern
England, and after D-Day moved to various other fields to support ground troops until V-E Day. He flew 65 missions,
including D-Day through the Battle of the Bulge.
Frank Maresca - served in the 75th Infantry Division, 289th Infantry, F Company, He was wounded during the Battle of the Bulge.
Walter G. ‘Jack’ Diamond – ‘Jack’ Diamond joined the 487th FS, 352nd FG in October 1944 and flew P51 Mustang
Twyla Sue with them until the end of the war. He was one of the few pilots who not only managed to get airborne during the
Luftwaffe’s 1945 New Year’s Day onslaught of Operation Bodenplatte, but also scored an aerial victory and damaged another as well.
Anthony H Goebel - pilot with the 352nd Fighter Group, claiming a victory on the 27th December ’44.
THE BATTLE FOR ASCH
Inspired by the personal account of Major Alden Rigby of the 487th FS, 352nd Fighter Group,
his Mustang is depicted during the epic battle of Asch airfield in Belgium at dawn on the 1st January 1945.
The Luftwaffe's 'Operation Bodenplatte, the simultaneous attacks of airfields in the Low Countries,
came as such a surprise that few of the allied units could respond in time.
The 487th Fighter Squadron at Asch were an exception and twelve P51s managed to scramble and put up a magnificent flight.
Before Alden had fully retracted his landing gear he shot down one of the enemy FW190's which was in pursuit of a fellow Mustang.
In the following 25 minutes of furious combat Alden shot down a further three of the raiders, becoming an Ace in the process,
and for this action he later received the Silver Star. In total, the Mustangs destroyed 24 of the attacking aircraft
and the 487th FS was awarded a Distinguished Unit Citation.
Signed by Major Alden Rigby
BATTLE OF THE BULGE ORIGINAL DRAWING TRIBUTE EDITION
Limited to only 10 worldwide
Comprising of The Battle of the Bulge limited edition book, with a custom made slipcase,
Four matching numbered prints -
Churchill’s Advance, The Dangerous Road to Bastogne, Stapme’s Final Attack,
The Battle for Asch
and a stunning original drawing which is mounted with an original World War Two Infantryman’s badge with combat oakleave
overall size is 43cm x 37cm (You can request your own original drawing.)
All the prints above will be sold individually
Churchill’s Advance Limited to only 30 worldwide,
The Dangerous Road to Bastogne Limited to only 25 worldwide
Stapme’s Final Attack Limited to only 35 worldwide
The Battle for Asch Limited to only 130 worldwide
Overall print sizes are 45cm x 32cm