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Print Size: 32" x 22.5"
All prints sold unframed

December 24, 1944 - Hèdrée, Belgium

a fine art print by Nicolas Trudgian

The 3rd Armored Division’s General Rose had put out the warning: there can be no retreat from the German onslaught “or there will be a war to be fought all over again,” and his “Spearhead” tankers of E-Co., 32nd AR, have taken the message to heart.

Now, in the “hour of peril,” they’re on the offensive, cutting the N4 road and buying time for reinforcements to reach the Battle of the Bulge. And they aren’t alone. The allied counterpunch continues above them, where clear skies from a “Russian High” allow P-38s of the 370th FG to hunt and bombers to raid enemy supply trains.

Weeks of deadly fighting are to come, but these Americans can already feel the warmth of hope, knowing that victory lies somewhere beyond the frozen horizon.

Only 100 limited-edition prints, signed by Nicolas Trudgian & includes 9 signatures of Bulge veterans:

- Clarence Smoyer, E-Co gunner of “Eagle,” lead tank
shown in Counterpunch, and hero of Spearhead.

- Joe Caserta, E-Co tank commander of "Everlasting," Bronze Star recipient, featured in Spearhead

- James Kunkle, P-38 pilot, 370th FG (depicted),
D.S.C. recipient, second only to the Medal of Honor!

- Buck Marsh, 3rd AD armored infantryman,
36th AIR, featured in Spearhead

- Rev. Walter Stitt, 3rd AD Sherman loader & gunner,
lost his 3rd tank in the Bulge, adviser on Spearhead

- George Smilanich, FURY consultant, Sherman
driver in the 2nd AD "Hell on Wheels"

- Brad Freeman, Band of Brothers paratrooper
who held the line in the Bastogne perimeter

- Frank Audiffred, E-Co. tank commander, his Sherman
is shown in Counterpunch. (separate signature)

- Plus 1 more signer who fought in the Bulge!

- Photos of Clarence's Sherman "Eagle" & 370th P-38s
- 9th AF pin & 32nd AR crest, perfect for framing
Color certificate of authenticity

All prints are sold unframed

Only 100 limited-edition prints, signed by Nicolas Trudgian & includes 4 signatures of Bulge veterans:

- Clarence Smoyer, E-Co gunner of “Eagle,” lead tank
shown in Counterpunch, and hero of Spearhead.
(separate signature card)

- Bob Parry, P-38 pilot of "Windy," 370th FG (depicted), flew 42 combat missions, wounded by Flak 88s.
(separate signature card)

- Wayne Field, 86th Cavalry Recon Squad. (Mechanized), 6th Armored Division, fought near Bastogne.

- Richard Rohleder, glider artilleryman w/320th GFAB, 82nd Airborne, fought near Webermont.

- 9th AF pin, perfect for framing
Color certificate of authenticity
- Photos of Clarence's tank "Eagle" & 370th P-38s


All prints are sold unframed


Only 100 numbered prints, signed by Nicolas Trudgian & includes 11 signatures of Bulge veterans.

- Photos of Clarence's Sherman & 370th P-38s
- 9th Air Force pin, perfect for framing with your print
Color certificate of authenticity

All prints are sold unframed

An Artist Reserve of 25 prints and 30 canvas giclees will be for sale via Nick Trudgian.
A Signer Proof edition of 100 prints exists for print signers and helpers.
Counterpunch is signed by Clarence Smoyer, one of America’s newest war heroes. On September 18, he received the Bronze Star with V for Valor from the U.S. Army for heroism in battle almost 75 years ago.
A brilliant collection of rare signatures from Battle of the Bulge veterans . . .
The stars of the 3rd Armored Division, whose story is told in the bestselling book Spearhead
The flyboys who supported them from above when the "hour of peril" was greatest
The GIs in the infantry & airborne who held the line alongside them
Joe Caserta
Joe served as a driver and commander in Shermans alongside Frank & Clarence in E-Co.. Joe was wounded during the assault on Blatzheim and appears in the book Spearhead.

Brad Freeman
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.

James Kunkle
21-year-old P-38 pilot of "Kunk's Klunk" in the 370th FG (depicted). Received the D.S.C., second to the MOH, for single handedly taking on a gaggle of German fighters and shooting down two!
Frank Audiffred
Nicknamed "Cajun Boy," Frank served as a gunner and commander in M4 Shermans alongside Clarence & Joe Caserta in Easy Company. Frank had four tanks shot out from under him!

Richard Rohleder
A glider artilleryman with the 320th GFAB, 82nd Abn., Richard was deployed near Webermont, Belgium, during the Bulge, where his unit fired more than 18,000 rounds of artillery to help stem the German assault.

George Smilanich
George served as a tank driver in the 2nd AD "Hell on Wheels," from North Africa to Normandy to the Bulge & beyond. Earned the Bronze Star for pulling his commander from their burning Sherman. Served as a consultant on the film Fury.
Bob Parry
19-year-old P-38 pilot of "Windy" in the 370th FG (depicted). Flew 42 missions in 1944 specializing in ground attack & tank column support. Received six Air Medals, the Purple Heart and a Presidential Citation.
Malcolm "Buck" Marsh
Buck served as a "Blitz Dough" with A-Co., 36th Armored Infantry Regiment, riding Clarence's Pershing into battle at Paderborn. Buck is a main character in the book Spearhead.

Clarence Smoyer
One of America’s most celebrated tank gunners, Clarence served in Shermans before being awarded one of 20 Pershings shipped to the ETO. He claimed five enemy tanks in battle and is the hero of the bestselling book Spearhead.

Rev. Walter Stitt
Sherman gunner in the 3rd AD, 33rd AR. Fought from Normandy to Mons to the Bulge where he was wounded by a Panzerfaust, losing his third tank of the war. Recovered and assigned to the 8th Air Force's 95th Bomb Group as a bomb loader.


Nicolas Trudgian was born and raised in Plymouth, England. His father and uncle both served in the RAF during WWII and so his childhood was filled with stories about the air war in Britain & beyond.

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. Five years at art college further equipped him with the skills necessary to paint technical subjects with authority and soon commissions came flooding in, mostly illustrations for companies spanning Rolls Royce to Ford.

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

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.

Valor Studios wishes to thank the following for their assistance with this project: Steve Blake, Bill Boller, Cindy Buervenich, Sherry Herringshaw, Susan Smilanich, Steve Zaloga & the veterans who made this print possible.