Easy Company in Berchtesgaden
Print Size: 32" x 22.5"

All prints are sold unframed

Victory Salute
- Celebrating the Triumph of Freedom -
a fine art print by
May 1945 was a time of joy for all who helped win the war in Europe. In a jeep on the road to Berchtesgaden, the Band of Brothers paratroopers revel in the crisp mountain air, free of gun smoke. They pass lush pastures not muddied by foxholes. Their guns rest at ease. Instead, they aim a beer stein and V-for-Victory skyward as the P-51s of the 325th Fighter Group buzz past. The sky is once again a playground and the Alps a land of storybook charm. The only moment greater is the one to come, when the liberators of Europe return home.
* screen colors may vary from print colors

Only 190 prints, signed and numbered by
artist Matt Hall & at least 6 veterans including:

- Easy Company veteran Babe Heffron
- Easy Company veteran
Earl McClung
- Easy Company veteran Ed Tipper

- Checkertail P-51 pilot G.B. Edwards
- Plus 2 other distinguished signers from our list below!

ALSO INCLUDES: Color COA with
"History Behind the Art" story

Easy Company in Austria

All prints are sold unframed

INTERNATIONAL
$295 + $55 E
xpress Airmail
USA: $295 + $20 SH
CO residents add 4% sales tax
E-Company in Austria

Only 290 prints, signed and numbered by
artist Matt Hall & 2 veterans. Now issuing:

- Easy Company veteran Babe Heffron
- Easy Company veteran Clancy Lyall

ALSO INCLUDES:
COA with "History Behind the Art" story

All prints are sold unframed

INTERNATIONAL
$195 + $55 E
xpress Airmail
USA: $195 + $20 SH
CO residents add 4% sales tax
SOLD OUT

Only 160 prints, signed and numbered by
artist Matt Hall & at least 16 veterans including:

- Earl McClung & Babe Heffron (both depicted)
- Brecourt Manor heroes Buck Compton, Don Malarkey,
and "Wild Bill" Guarnere

- Medics Steve Domitrovich, Al Mampre & Ed Pepping
- P-51 pilots Ron Dove, G.B. Edwards, & Jack Sherburne
- Plus 5 other distinguished signers from our list below!

ALSO INCLUDES:
- "Open Range" 8x10 photo (un-signed)
- Photos of Dick Winters and 101st Airborne troopers
in Berchtesgaden to frame with your print
- Victory in Europe campaign ribbon
- Color COA with "History Behind the Art" story

101st Airborne

All prints are sold unframed

SOLD OUT

Only 150 prints
, signed and numbered by
artist Matt Hall & at least 18 veterans including:

- Shifty Powers, Earl McClung, and Babe Heffron
(all depicted in Victory Salute)
- Brecourt Manor heroes Buck Compton, Don Malarkey,
and "Wild Bill" Guarnere

- Medics Al Mampre and Ed Pepping
- P-51 pilots Ron Dove, G.B. Edwards, & Jack Sherburne
- E-Company veterans Clancy Lyall, Ed Mauser,
and 5 other distinguished signers from our list below!

PACKAGE INCLUDES:
- "Open Range" P-51 over the Alps 8x10 photo
signed by Checkertail ACE Art Fiedler!

- Photos of Dick Winters and 101st Airborne troopers
in Berchtesgaden to frame with your print
- Victory in Europe campaign ribbon
- Color COA with "History Behind the Art" story

101st Airborne in Germany

All prints are sold unframed

A unsigned gallery edition of 100 prints exists for sale at special events.
A signed canvas giclee edition of 44 canvases will be made available in the future.
The Eagle's Nest

In 2008 Valor Studios brought Easy Company veterans Earl McClung and Don Malarkey back to Berchtesgaden, Germany, the Alpine town where they learned the war in Europe was over.

As we drove around Berchtesagen, we were struck by the majestic beauty of the alps that towered over us and the thought that some sixty-three years earlier, the two men sitting next to us probably drove the same road we were on, in their Jeeps. So we asked them.

"Of course we did!" they both answered. Don recalled that even when Easy Company was in Austria they "still did a lot of sight seeing in Berchtesgaden." After all, as Don pointed out, the town was the site of Hitler's Eagle's Nest and his home, the Berghof. Plus, there was a beautiful alpine lake there with great fishing.

Earl added that the Air Corps loved to tour the town too - only from above. "There were always fighters buzzing around us," he said. "Hell, you should do a print of that!"

We loved the idea. It may have taken four years, but we finally followed Earl's suggestion. Studying Matt Hall's scene does raise one big question: Why are these paratroopers racing to Berchtesgaden? Are they heading there to visit the Eagle's Nest? Maybe the remains of the Berghof or Herman Goering's home?

Are they on their way to do some souvenir hunting or to liberate some bottles of wine from the homes of the former Nazi leadership?

Or could they be en route to the very celebration depicted in our print "The Eagle's Nest" by John D. Shaw?

Matt hid a few clues in "Victory Salute" to help you answer this question. We encourage you to add this beautiful print to your collection, study the details, and the answer will present itself.

- Adam Makos, Publisher

325th Fighter Group
   
Victory Salute 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 in Normandy, Holland, and the Bulge, and the
pilots who supported them from above. Click on the red links below to learn more about each signer.

Buck Compton
E-Company

"Wild Bill" Guarnere
E-Company
Babe Heffron
E-Company
Clancy Lyall
E-Company
Don Malarkey
E-Company

Joe Drago
326th Glider
Infantry

Brad Freeman
E-Company
Earl McClung
E-Company
Al Mampre
E-Company
Ed Mauser
E-Company
Bob Noody
F-Company
Ed Pepping
E-Company
Shifty Powers
E-Company
Ed Tipper
E-Company
John Gonda
"Checkertail Clan" fighter pilot
Bernie Sledzik
406th FG
fighter pilot
Ron Dove
"Checkertail Clan" fighter pilot
G.B. Edwards
"Checkertail Clan" fighter pilot
Jack Sherburne
"Checkertail Clan" fighter pilot
Art Fiedler
"Open Range" photo signer
"Duke" Boswell
505th PIR, Sicily, Italy, D-Day, Holland, Bulge

Les Cruise
505th PIR, D-Day, Holland, Bulge

Steve Domitrovich
Malmedy
Survivor
Artist Matt Hall
MATT HALL

Now acknowledged as the rising talent in military art, Matt Hall worked for years under master visionary, Steven Spielberg, at Spielberg’s DreamWorks company! These days, however, Matt no longer paints to serve the icons of Hollywood—he paints to pay tribute to America’s military heroes.

Matt’s artistic training began as a boy in Missouri, when he met an old-time western artist named Bob Tommy, who just moved from Texas. Tommy encouraged Matt to try his hand at painting. When Tommy saw Matt’s “natural talent,” he became Matt’s mentor and taught him the technique he had amassed in his lifetime of work.

In college, Matt studied painting. After graduation, he broadened his skills, painting everything from greeting cards to animation backgrounds. His career changed forever when Spielberg’s DreamWorks company found and hired him. Matt brought and his new bride, Michele, a Texas small-town girl, with him to Hollywood.

At DreamWorks, Matt rose through the ranks, painting concept art. When Steven Spielberg had an idea brewing about the Battle for Iwo Jima,

Matt Hall was requested to do a painting for President George W. Bush, showing the F-102s of the Texas ANG. Photo courtesy of the White House.

Matt painted an “epic concept” for him that Spielberg used to pitch the film, Flags of Our Fathers. Soon, Matt was named Franchise Art Director for DreamWorks’ Medal of Honor video games series, one credited with generating interest in WWII history among young people.

Matt grew as an artist through Spielberg’s critiques. “I learned from Steven Spielberg the value of listening to my ‘creative instincts’” Matt explained. “A lot of times, marketing dictates if an idea will be well-received, but Spielberg would often fly against the grain, if he believed in an idea. There was a time when the marketing guys said ‘WWII is done and dead,” but Spielberg followed his instincts and passion and made Saving Private Ryan!”

There, Matt discovered that he, too, possessed a passion to tell the stories of America’s war heroes when DreamWorks had him create paintings for the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Working from just a citation and a portrait of a long-deceased MOH recipient, Matt brought their stories back to life. There, he discovered his calling.

Then, in summer 2008, Matt underwent brain surgery to remove a growth behind his eye. “It was a wake-up call,” Matt explained. “It got me thinking, ‘What kind of legacy will my art leave? Will it tell a story of something important? Will it be something people will appreciate 50 or 100 years from now? It was tough to look in mirror and say ‘maybe not’ since the art I was doing would be locked away in a vault once it served its purpose.”

After Matt’s surgery, Valor Studios, a prominent publisher of military art came to Matt with an offer to publish him. Valor Studios had seen Matt’s work for DreamWorks and asked if he wanted to paint full time to honor the heroes of military past and present? Matt heartily agreed. “It was an epiphany on a lot of levels,“ he explained, “Spiritually, artistically, and career-wise. Like that leap of faith when I went to paint for Hollywood, I’ve now decided to follow my passion and paint the stories of men and women whose legacies need to be preserved.”
Matt as he signs "In the Company of Heroes" prints.
Valor Studios and Matt Hall wish to thank the following for their assistance with this project:
Peter Martin, Joe Muccia, Neil Pugh, Rich Riley, and the distinguished veterans who made this print possible.