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