Alpine Eagles by John D. Shaw
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May 1945: We made it. The feeling in the air was electric when American troops reached Berchtesgaden, Germany in early May 1945. Once, these Alps were “Flak Alley,” a threatening “Alpine Redoubt.” But now the war in Europe is won and this storybook land is again a playground.
As the paratroopers of Easy Company, 506th P.I.R., 101st Airborne tour the newly-liberated “Eagle’s Nest,” the flyboys of the 325th Fighter Group, the famed “Checkertail Clan,” buzz past with a wave.
Peace will take some getting used to. The sound of gunfire has been replaced by the pop of champagne bottles and the pilots can now soar without looking over their shoulders. Victory is here—finally. And the party has just begun.
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ARTIST PROOF - Resale, in mint condition!
Sold out several years ago, this highly-sought-after Artist Proof print is from an edition of 100 limited-edition prints, signed by artist John D. Shaw and 11 veterans who fought in Europe during WWII: Easy Company paratroopers Earl McClung, believed to be the 1st American in the Eagles Nest, Babe Heffron, Brad Freeman and Al Mampre. Checkertail P-51 pilots Barrie Davis (ACE), Art Fiedler (ACE), Ron Dove and Thomas Baty. "Spearhead" tank commander Les Underwood and 82nd Airborne troopers Don Jakeway and Richard Rohleder. Includes photos of 101st paratroopers (including Maj. Winters) celebrating VE-Day in Berchtesgaden, a replica Gebirgsjäger edelweiss patch symbolic of the alps, 506th PIR & 101st Airborne pins and a color COA with "History Behind the Art."
"Alpine Eagles" is hand signed by a collection of heroes who fought to liberate Europe during World War II. Click "editions" to see who signed which print edition.
Pilot of P-51 "Shirley Jean, "319th FS, 325th FG, DFC, Air Medal w/4 clusters
Able Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), veteran of D-Day, Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, wounded three times. Author of "Currahee!" "Seven Roads to Hell" & more!
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), officer, veteran of D-Day (& Brecourt Manor), Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, Silver Star, author of "Call of Duty"
Pilot of P-51 "Bee," 317th FS, 325th FG Ace with 6 victories, Silver Star, DFC,
Air Medal w/13 clusters. Reunited with enemy pilot in 2010.
Crew Chief, 319th FS, 325th FG. Serviced P-40s, P-47s, and P-51s during more than 500 combat missions, spanning 1943 - 1945.
P-51 pilot "King Richard VI," 318th FS, 325th FG. 1 Aerial Victory, DFC, Air Medal w/4 clusters, planned missions for all MTO fighter groups.
Pilot of P-51 "Alp Scalper," 317th FS, 325th FG. 3 Aerial Victories. Group Ops Officer. 2 DFCs, Air Medal w/8 clusters.
Pilot of P-51 "Helen," 317th FS, 325th FG. Ace with 8 victories. Silver Star, DFC with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal w/22 clusters.
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), veteran of D-Day, Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, wounded in attack on Foy. Part of the 2nd Platoon's mortar squad under Don Malarkey & Bill Guarnere.
Pilot of P-51 "Betty Lou," 334th FS, 4th FG. 3 Victories in the air, 1.5 on the ground. DFC with Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal w/4clusters, flew the Russian Shuttle mission.
"Wild Bill" Guarnere
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), veteran of D-Day (& Brecourt Manor), Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, Silver Star. Author of "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends."
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, captured German General Theodor Tolsdorff, author of "Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends."
H-Company (508th PIR, 82nd Airborne), landed near Ste. Mere Eglise on D-Day, fought in Market Garden until wounded by artillery. Returned for the Battle of the Bulge where he was shot through the lung by a sniper.
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Abn.), D-Day, Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, wounded three times, featured in David Webster's book "Parachute Infantry."
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), veteran of D-Day (& Brecourt Manor), Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge, Bronze Star w/Oak Leaf Cluster, author of "Easy Company Soldier."
Medic attached to Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), Market Garden & Battle of the Bulge. At Eindhoven, Al saved the life of Lt. Brewer, shot by a sniper. The same sniper would wound Al.
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), veteran of D-Day, Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge & beyond. 3rd Platoon's First Scout & the first American to reach the Eagle's Nest.
B-Battery, 321st Glider Field Artillery Bn., 101st Abn., fought in Normandy, landed by WACO glider during Market Garden, fought in the Battle of the Bulge and beyond.
320th Glider Field Artillery Bn., 82nd Abn., rode a glider into Market Garden, fought in the Battle of the Bulge (where his unit fired more than 18,000 rounds!) and beyond.
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), 2nd Platoon, veteran of D-Day, jumped alongside Malarkey, Compton, Guarnere, Freeman & more as part of Stick 70, Market Garden, Battle of the Bulge.
3rd Armored Division "Spearhead" tanker. 19-year-old Sherman tank gunner & M26 Pershing commander. Fought from Normandy, through France, Belgium, the Battle of the Bulge, Cologne, and across the Rhine to the Elbe River.
Easy Company (506th PIR, 101st Airborne), jumped on Market Garden as part of 1st Platoon, alongside Clancy Lyall, Floyd Talbert, David Webster & more. Wounded by artillery in Holland.
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