Liberation and Battle of France: Jerusalem Cross Roads, 13th June 1944

Catalogue number
  • Art.IWM ART LD 4467
Department
Art and Popular Design
Production date
1944
Subject period
Materials
  • Support: paper
  • medium: ink
  • medium: wash
Dimensions
  • 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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art

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Object description

image: View across a bombed village crossroads interspersed with soldiers, civilians and armoured vehicles. Two armoured scout cars are placed on the far left and far right, with a light tank in the centre and another armoured vehicle visible in the background.

Label

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 and visit small villages in the area.

History note

War Artists Advisory Committee commission

Inscription

Anthony Gross. 1944

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