Liberation and Battle of France: Jig Beach looking towards Le Hamel, 7th June 1944

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  • Art.IWM ART LD 4461
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  • Support: paper
  • medium: ink
  • medium: wash
  • Support: Height 393 mm, Width 571 mm
  • Frame: Depth 30 mm, Height 650 mm, Width 850 mm
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  • object category: drawing

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image: View across a beach littered with vehicles, landing craft, barbed wire and a sign 'Minen'


On 6 June 1944, Gross accompanied the Royal Army Service Corps who were crossing the Channel to Normandy for D-Day. Gross landed at Gold Beach near Bayeux with the 50th (Northumbrian) Division. Gold comprised of four beaches, running in a row from Le Hamel to La Riviere: Jig Green, Jig Red, King Green and King Red. While waiting his turn to land, he made pencil sketches of troops disembarking on the beaches. Two hours later, he jumped into the sea with his watercolours and paper held over his head.

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War Artists Advisory Committee commission


Anthony Gross 1944

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