Over the Top

Over the Top

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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.
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Object Name
date made
associated date
1917 - 1918
associated person
War Department
Smith, J. Andre
Smith, J. Andre
Physical Description
charcoal (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
overall: 17 1/4 in x 25 in; 43.815 cm x 63.5 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
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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