France: The Beach Head, 1944; The road between St Aubin and Benouville, the main supply route to the troops on the east side of the River Orne. It was under constant shell fire from the German batteries around Caen.

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  • Art.IWM ART LD 4661
Art and Popular Design
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  • medium: Watercolour
  • Support: Height 546 mm, Width 736 mm
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  • object category: drawing

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image: a landscape showing a road under artillery bombardment. A line of protective camouflaged screens lie in the centre of the image, the screens in the foreground having been damaged. Two damaged Horsa gliders lie on the ground, one on the right next to the road, and the other on the left, its wings still intact. Plumes of black smoke, the result of the bombardment, emerge from behind the line of screens.

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War Artists Advisory Committee commission


Albert Richards

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