President Franklin Delano Roosevelt served as the US President from 1933 until 1945 and heads this American force. His right hand man is potentially the high ranking Sergeant Major of the Army, whilst the bishop stands proud as a platoon sergeant major overseeing ranks of the smartly dressed pawns. The rooks and knights are the exciting pieces in this set, portrayed as the flag bearing White House and quite a dramatic tank.
Hitler is easily recognised with his trademark moustache and haunted look. He is flanked by high ranking officers either side, both of which are incredibly detailed. They in turn oversee the rank of uniformed pawns who are presenting to arms. The rook is a superbly detailed building bearing the Swiss flag which we believe to be Reichstag Building. Again a spectacular tank represents the knight.
We have matched these lovely historical pieces with a stunning 17¾” walnut and maple Spanish board to give you The Roosevelt v. Hitler second world war hand painted themed Chess set. With or without the board, this makes a perfect gift for a World War II or chess enthusiast.
With World War II looming, President Roosevelt gave strong support to both the UK against the Nazi German aggression and to China against threats from Japan. He tried to stay officially neutral, however following the tragedy at Pearl Harbour, the US declared war not only on Japan but also Hitler a few days later.
Despite his disability from polio, his efforts during the war were not just his brilliant military strategies. Employment rose as people moved into wartime factory jobs and into military service. This led to a stabilisation and significant improvement in the economy. Unfortunately Roosevelt’s health declined during the war years and he passed away 3 months into his 4th term. When Roosevelt died the world mourned. He is ranked in the top three of American Presidents along with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
Adolf Hitler, a combat veteran who rarely smiled in public or private, disliked democracy and felt wronged by his country’s failure in World War I. He wanted to make amends for this failure by imposing his will and his law on both the Germans and the Russians. Hitler wanted to be regarded highly in history, however following his defeat, on which he blamed the lack of the will of his countrymen, he committed suicide and had his body destroyed to save himself from hostile crowds
Please note that as these pieces are hand painted, there may be some inconsistencies in the level of detail and colour and therefore your pieces may be very slightly different from the images shown. Any inconsistencies however are minimal.
The chess board in this set has been expertly crafted by Rechapados Ferrer in Spain using precision laser cutting techniques and stunning wooden veneers combined with expert lacquering and finishing. The underside of the board is finished in a satin veneer that is a different colour from the playing surface of the board. The veneers used for the underside may vary in colour from batch to batch.
King Height: 3¼” (8.3 cm)
King Base Diameter: 0.9″ (2.3 cm)
King Weight: 43.7 g
Pawn Height: 2¾” (7 cm)
Pawn Weight: 15.2 g
Pawn Base Diameter: 0.85″ (2.2 cm)
Weight: 0.9 kg
Materials: Crushed Stone Resin
Number of Queens: 2
Weight: 2.1 kg
Materials: Walnut, Maple
Board Size: 17¾” (45 cm)
Board Thickness: 0.6″ (1.5 cm)
Square Size: 1¾” (4.5 cm)