The Arcs Of Fire Gallery
- The Bismarck 21 May 1941 -
by Anthony Saunders
As Me109s from 3./JG77, and Me110s from ZG76, provide aerial cover, the battleship Bismarck - together with the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen, destroyers Z10 Hans Lody (left) and Z16 Friedrich Eckholdt (right0, and a supporting escort fleet break out from Norwegian waters into the open sea on the evening 21 May 1941.
Heading for the rich pickings of the North Atlantic convoy routes, her ill-fated voyage would last only a few days. After a shattering victory over HMS Hood, Bismarck was caught and sunk by the Royal Navy's Home Fleet a few days
later on 27 May 1941. There were just 115 survivors from her complement
of over 2000 men.
Hauptmann Karl - Fritz Schlossstein
Hauptmann KARL - FRITZ SCHLOSSSTEIN ( Break Out )
Karl-Fritz Schlossstein iniially flew Me110 heavy destroyers with JG5, when the Group first arrived in Norway in 1942 to provide air cover for the convoys supplying the rapidly increasing German garrison in that country. He commanded 13(Z)/JG5 from the summer of 1942 to June 1943, and then converted to fly Me109s. Later in Norway, he flew Me110s with ZG76. He ended the war flying Fw190s with JG54 Greenhearts in the Defence of the Reich.
Leutnant Zur See Willi Vosling
Leutnant Zur See WILLI VOSLING ( Eismeer Patrol )
Jioning the Kriegsmarine in 1942, Willi Vösing was Senior Controller in the Gunnery Fire Control Section on Tirpitz, one of the most important gunnery positions on the ship, passing vital information between the ship's guns and the ship's commanders. After the Tirpitz capsized, he was one of the few fortunate survivors to be released from deep inside the ship by rescuers cutting into the upturned hull.
Oberleutnant Kurt Schulze
Oberleutnant KURT SCHULZE ( Eismmer Patrol )
After serving with the Air Signals Corps during the "Blitzkrieg" through the low countries and France, Kurt Schulze then flew as a Me110 wireless operator over southern Russia, before returning to the West. Here he flew night missions against England in Do217s with I./KG2. In September 1943 he transferred to train as a fighter pilot, and flew 65 missions in Me109s with III./JG5 on the Artic Front, scoring three victories. In November 1944 he flew in the ill-fated defence of the German battleship Tirpitz. In March 1945 he commanded 1./JG51 in the encircled east German city of Danzig, before returning to Norway in May 1945 to command 16./JG5.
THE KRIEGSMARINE PORTFOLIO
350 Signed & Numbered : £ 85 / US$ 145
25 Artists Proofs : £ 125 / US$ 215
25 Remarques : £ 250 / US$ 425
350 Signed & Numbered : £ 155 / US$ 260
25 Artists Proofs : £ 230 / US$ 385
25 Remarques : £ 470 / US$ 795
Overall Print Size : 26½" wide x 19¾" high
Image Size : 21¼" wide x 14¼" high