Matted ensemble as shown. $3700 (SOLD)
Consisting of a pencil drawing of Hans Rudel en route to a target with his wingmates and FW-190 fighter escort; a pencil portrait of Hans Ulrich Rudel; his ORIGINAL signature imported directly from Germany via a reputable collector, and the OAK LEAVES WITH SWORDS AND DIAMONDS IN GOLD (replica) of which Rudel was the ONLY recipient!
Hans Ulrich Rudel began his amazing career as a Stuka pilot in Poland in 1939 , fought in the great air battles over Leningrad, Stalingrad and Moscow, and was one of the few pilots to survive six years of combat flying. Shot down more than a dozen times, he finished the war flying an Fw-190…with one leg amputated and the other in a cast!
Rudel’s fame as the ‘indestructible’ pilot…and his record of OVER 500 RUSSIAN TANKS and one Soviet battleship destroyed, brought him to the attention of the Fuhrer. Though forbidden by Hitler to risk his life further, Rudel returned to the Eastern front, winning eleven decorations… the last a new medal specially designed for him by Hitler…the Oak Leaves with Swords and Diamonds. Rudel’s famous book is called ‘STUKA PILOT.’ It is no longer in print, and rare copies are worth many times their issue value.