Over the Top

Description
Charcoal sketch on paper. American soldiers and tanks make their way forward over trenches and through shell-torn earth. An observation balloon floats on the horizon at left. A jumble of barbed wire entanglements line the foreground.
The work's title, "Over the Top," refers to soldiers rising out of the trenches and attacking over open land, which exposed them to enemy fire. This dark landscape illustrates the machines and technology used in World War I.
Location
Currently on loan
date made
1918
associated date
1917 - 1918
associated person
Smith, J A
War Department
Smith, J. Andre
artist
Smith, J. Andre
Physical Description
charcoal (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 17 1/4 in x 25 in; 43.815 cm x 63.5 cm
ID Number
AF.26030
catalog number
26030
accession number
64592
Credit Line
War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff
related event
World War I
See more items in
Armed Forces History: Armed Forces History, Military
Military
Art
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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