"Snow Warriors"

Ref: NT005

by Nicolas Trudgian

Limited to only 300 prints worldwide

Image size: 20" x 15"

Overall size: 24" x 20"

Sgned by 'Snow Warrior' Major Erich Rudorffer

One of the most successful of the Luftwaffe fighter units, JG54 ‘Green Heart Warriors’,

first came to prominence during the Battle of Britain over south-east England. In early

1941 the unit moved to the Eastern Front in preparation for the invasion of Russia, and

it was in this theatre that they became synonymous both with the relentless struggle

against the military might of the Soviets and also, during successive winters, the battle

simply to survive the severe weather conditions.

To commemorate the ‘Green Heart Warriors’ Nicolas Trudgian has painted JG54

Fw190s in February 1943 taxiing out on to their unit’s snow-blanketed airfield in

Krasnogvardeisk, Russia to begin another fighter sweep of the front lines. For the long

winter months the aircraft were camouflaged in the livery considered to be one of the

most attractive of all Luftwaffe paint schemes; overall white with the distinctive yellow

theatre markings. Later, with the Spring thaw, the white was replaced by the unit’s

more familiar green paint as they constantly adapted themselves to the ever-changing

battlefront conditions.

By the end of the war the Geschwader had claimed over 9500 victories and produced

over 100 aces, one of whom, Major Erich Rudorffer, has graciously signed each print

of this Limited Edition.

The Signature

Major Erich Rudorffer KC, Oak Leaves, Swords

Erich Rudorrfer downed his first aircraft a French Hawk 75, on May 16th 1940, during the Battle of France. This was the first of an incredible 223 aerial victories achieved over 950 combat missions. Already a Knights Cross holder for 19 victories in France, Rudorffer flew the Bf109E with 2./JG2 ‘Richtofen’ during the Battle of Britain. Seeing action throughout the war, he was master of the multiple victory, claiming 13 soviet aircraft in under twenty minutes on Nov 6 1943. Made Gruppenkommandeur of II./JG7, flying the Me 262, he scored 12 victories with the jet.