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Foreword by H.R.H. The Duke of Kent, contributions from 25 R.A.F. pilots, created by Michael Pierce, John Golley, Roy Asser, Bill Gunston, Brian Masterton, and Freddie Hurrell
so few: A Folio Dedicated To All Who Fought And Won The Battle of Britain 10th July - 31st October 1940 An extraordinary commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain signed by 25 pilots honored within, as well as by the six contributing artists and creators of the work, copy #139 of 401
Royale Print of London; Hartnolls Bookbinders of Bodmin, and The Phoenix Setting Company of Portsmouth, London, 1990. This magnificent, finely bound commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain is signed by 25 fighter pilots honored within, as well as by the six contributing artists and creators of the book. Midsummer of 1940, just months after Winston Churchill became wartime prime minister, found Britain fighting for survival, fending off a prolonged onslaught by the German Luftwaffe meant to be the prelude to Nazi invasion. From 10 July to 31 October 1940 RAF pilots fought off the Luftwaffe onslaught, thereby almost single-handedly securing England. Churchill encapsulated and immortalized the struggle when he uttered the words: "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few." The aesthetic quality and extravagance of this commemorative production is difficult to overstate. The project was instigated by Michael Pierce, a miniature and silhouette portraitist whose experience painting portraits for the Museum of D-day Aviation sparked the idea of commemorating the 50th anniversary. Production took shape as a vehicle to raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund with sponsorship from Rolls-Royce plc, who had produced Hurricane and Spitfire engines during the war. The Battle of Britain Fighter Association selected the 25 pilots to be featured. Each was painted by Pierce and provided an item of memorabilia to be photographed as well as a handwritten reminiscence reproduced in facsimile in the book. The finished portraits were taken t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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