German Dugouts, Cheppy

German Dugouts, Cheppy

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Charcoal sketch on paper. The work depicts German dugouts near Cheppy, France during World War I. A wooden beam structure frames the foreground. Through the beams is an elaborately constructed trench with brick or stone wall and a series of doors.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1918
associated date
associated person
War Department
Peixotto, Ernest Clifford
Physical Description
charcoal (overall production method/technique)
overall: 14 1/4 in x 19 7/8 in; 36.195 cm x 50.4825 cm
sketch: 13 1/4 in x 19 1/4 in; 33.655 cm x 48.895 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff
World War I
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
World War I Art
Combat Art
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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This looks like the "Dutch [Deutsche] Kitchen" in Cheppy. It is still there. My father fought in WWI and wrote in his diary about going into Cheppy on the morning of September 27, 1918, and having breakfast at a Dutch Kitchen, by which he surely meant a German army kitchen. He was with the 35th U.S. Infantry Division that had participated in launching the final, Meuse-Argonne Offensive on September 26. I returned there exactly 100 years later. I had emailed Mayor Jean Lamorlette of Cheppy before my visit and told him about what father had said in his diary. The mayor pulled out his cell phone and read from my email about the Dutch Kitchen and said "It's still there." He took me to it. I have photographs that look exactly like this building.

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