Liberation and Battle of France: The Fall of Cherbourg : the quayside and the Fort du Roule. 28th June 1944

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  • Art.IWM ART LD 4466
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  • medium: ink
  • medium: wash
  • Support: Height 393 mm, Width 571 mm
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  • object category: drawing

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image: Looking down the quayside following the D-Day landings, with military personnel and vehicles, including a bicycle. French Tricolores and Union Jacks are hanging from buildings. A rifle and grenades lie in the gutter.


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. Gross followed the 50th (Northumbrian) Division to Bayeux, where he drew the liberation of the town. He managed to acquire a revamped German car from his friends in the Royal Army Service Corps, which allowed him to get close to the action, especially on the coastal towns such as Cherbourg.

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War Artists Advisory Committee commission


Anthony Gross 1944 Cherbourg

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