Print Size: 32" x 22.5"

All prints are sold unframed

Advance to Victory
- The End of the Road -
a fine art print by


As May 4, 1945 dawns, the end of the war in Europe is near. Munich has fallen to the U.S. 7th Army. Nearly a million German troops in Italy have laid down their arms. P-51s from the 354th FG now complete a recon sweep and the skies are clear. On the autobahn below, paratroopers of the 101st Airborne and allied units advance past German P.O.W.s who march toward internment in Munich. For the 101st Screaming Eagles, Hitler’s “Alpine Fortress” lays ahead but a hard-earned victory is now in sight.


* screen colors may vary from print colors

Only 160 prints, signed and numbered by artist Nick Trudgian and 10 veterans including:

- P-51 pilot Joe Peterburs, who shot down famous
German ace Walter Schuck!
- Easy Company paratroopers Babe Heffron,
Clancy Lyall, and Ed Tipper!

- Malmedy Survivor Ted Paluch!
- Pershing tank commander Les Underwood!

- Autobahn & 101st in Berchtesgaden photos!
- ETO ribbon to frame with your print!
- Color COA with "History Behind the Art" story

All prints are sold unframed

Only 100 prints, signed and numbered by
artist Nick Trudgian and 7 veterans. Now issuing:

- Easy Company paratrooper Earl McClung,
the first man in Hitler's Eagle's Nest!
- Easy Company paratroopers Clancy Lyall & Ed Tipper!
- Four jump 82nd Airborne veteran Chet Harrington!
- Three other distinguished signers from our list below!

COA with "History Behind the Art" story!

All prints are sold unframed

Only 250 prints, signed and numbered by
artist Nick Trudgian & 2 veterans. Now issuing:

- P-51 pilot Joe Peterburs, who shot down famous
German ace Walter Schuck!

- Easy Company veteran Babe Heffron

COA with "History Behind the Art" story

All prints are sold unframed

Contact us for re-sale availability

Only 155 prints
, signed and numbered by artist
Nicolas Trudgian and 14 veterans!

- 8 x 10 photo of 101st troopers (including Dick Winters) celebrating VE-Day in Berchtesgaden, signed by
E-Company paratrooper Rod Bain!
- A photo of an Me 262 on the autobahn and a photo of the 101st entering Berchtesgaden to frame with your print!
- ETO ribbon to frame with your print!
- Color COA with "History Behind the Art" story

All prints are sold unframed

An Artist Reserve edition of 30 prints, bearing multi-signatures, and 30 artist only canvas giclees, will be for sale via Nick Trudgian.
A Signer Proof edition of 100 prints, bearing assorted signatures, exists for print signers and helpers.
You, the collectors spoke and we listened. Due to the tremendous feedback we received from collectors who had purchased Nick Trudgian’s “Defenders of Bastogne,” we decided to create a sequel, a print that would continue the story after Bastogne to show where the war took the men of the 101st Airborne.

One moment stood out in the veterans’ minds and in Hollywood’s “Band of Brothers”—May 4, 1945, when the paratroopers of Easy Company traveled down the autobahn, south of Munich, racing toward the Bavarian Alps. There lay the war’s ultimate prize: the Eagle’s Nest, and the ultimate reward—total victory in Europe.

Major Dick Winters would recall this advance to victory in his memoir “Beyond Band of Brothers”:

“Literally thousands of Germans choked the autobahns as we raced into Bavaria. American and German soldiers exchanged glances with great curiosity. I am sure both armies shared on thought - just let me alone. All I want is to get this war over and go home.

It was this moment of longing for peace that “Advance to Victory” depicts, as two armies pass one other in quiet respect. Four days later, on May 8, both sides would get their wishes—the war would end and peace would settle across Europe.

The research for this painting was extensive. We talked to the 101st veterans who were there then made a photo research trip to the very autobahn (the Munich/Salzburg autobahn) depicted in this scene, but unfortunately, we couldn’t see any abandoned German fighters remaining under the trees! We enlisted the aid of the U.S.

Air Force history office who helped us locate rare Army Air Forces records from May 1945.

Thanks to the records, we learned that although the 8th Air Force was grounded on May 4 in anticipation of the war’s end, the 9th Air Force was still flying combat missions, and even launching from bases in Germany itself. That morning of May 4, the 354th Fighter Group flew its second mission of the day, an armed recon sweep over Munich and the surrounding areas, at the exact time of the 101st advance down the autobahn.

It is this intersection in history that artist Nicolas Trudgian has captured with his brilliant brushstrokes, a brief, but unforgettable moment for those who led the allied advance to victory.

"Advance to Victory" is hand signed by a collection of veterans who helped win the war in Europe including the Band of Brothers of the 101st Airborne, their brothers in arms who fought alongside them, and the fighter pilots who supported them from above.

Also signing alongside these men is German Me 262 jet pilot Jorg Czypionka, an adversary turned friend and American citizen! Click on the red links below to learn more about each signer.

Jack Blickenderfer
Rifleman, 4th Infantry Div.

Chet Harrington
505th PIR, made all 4 combat jumps during WWII!
Babe Heffron
Bob Keck
Rifleman, 83rd Infantry Div.
Clancy Lyall

Frank Calogero
Gunner, 5th Armored Div.

Buck Compton

Chris McEwan
501st PIR,
2 Silver Stars!
Al Mampre
Earl McClung
James McLane
357th FG
P-51 pilot
Ted Paluch
Phi Perigini
Joe Peterburs
20th FG
P-51 pilot
Me 262 victory
Pete Peterson
78th FG
P-51 pilot
Ed Tipper
Bernie Sledzik
406th FG
P-47 pilot
Jorg Czypionka
Bf 109 & Me 262

Les Underwood
3rd Armored
Sherman gunner
& Pershing commander

Artist Matt Hall

Nicolas Trudgian was born and raised in Plymouth, England. His father and uncle both served in the RAF during World War II and so his childhood was filled with stories about the air war in Britain, North Africa and the far east.

Nick began showing a real talent for art at an early age and his surroundings gave him the perfect inspiration to fill sketchbooks with drawings of aircraft, ships and also trains. His family encouraged him but were concerned about Nick's growing desire of turning this hobby into a full time career, a notoriously risky occupation. But Nick was determined and occupied every spare hour with painting and drawing.

Five years at art college further equipped him with the skills necessary to paint technical subjects with authority. Soon the commissions came flooding in, mostly illustrations for companies such as Rolls Royce, Ford, General Motors and British Aerospace, air lines and oil companies.

His agents tended to find him work that involved transport, mechanical and military subjects especially where landscapes and lighting could be used to create spectacular backdrops, something that has become a virtual trademark of his art.

It was this aspect that no doubt attracted his first aviation art publisher who asked Nick to paint aircraft pictures for him in oils. It was an instant success and so Nick gave up the commercial illustration work to paint instead pictures for aviation art prints. In the past 20 years Nick has had published more than 150 full size color prints and countless pencil and smaller prints.

Nick as he signs "Defenders of Bastogne."

His work is collected worldwide and especially in the United States where he has attended numerous art shows and gained many friends. His work has been exhibited, amonst other places, in the Smithsonian, the Pentagon and Britain's Imperial War Museum.

He lives with his wife Ruth in the Cotswold hills in Gloucestershire, England, very fittingly in the corner of what was once a Battle of Britain airfield. The site has long since returned to agriculture. Open fields provide a far-reaching view from his studio window but Nick says that if you know where to look the tell tail evidence of the war is still all around and it's easy to imagine Spitfires roaring overhead. ''It's a perfect place to recreate scenes from the past as a reminder of the sacrifices made by our parents generation.''

Valor Studios wishes to thank the following for their assistance with this project:
Daniel Carrizales, Tony Coulter, Jon Teboe, and the distinguished veterans who made this print possible.