Soldiers of the Telephone

Charcoal sketch on white paper. Three American soldiers crouch in a trench. One soldier at left serves as the lookout while one soldier at right listens over the telephone. A third soldier at center holds a roll of telephone wire over his arm. There is a low fence on top of the hill in the background. A label affixed to the sketch reads: "'Soldiers of the Telephone.' Who stubbornly lay and keep open their wires under shell and machine-gun fire and who, often, well ahead of the tanks and the infantry are the 'eyes' as well as the 'ears' of the advancing columns - keeping Regimental H.Q. at all times in touch with its men."
Currently on loan
date made
associated date
1917 - 1918
associated person
Townsend, Harry
War Department
Townsend, Harry
Townsend, Harry
Physical Description
charcoal (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
overall: 18 in x 22 3/4 in; 45.72 cm x 57.785 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
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
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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