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Verdun Offensive

Verdun Offensive

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Description
Charcoal and crayon drawing paper of wounded American soldiers making their way to the advanced aid station during the Verdun offensive. Depicted at center are two American soldiers carrying a wounded third soldier on a modified stretcher. The soldier on the stretcher has his head and foot bandaged and is sitting hunched over on the stretcher. At left are two more wounded soldiers. The first is walking with the aid of a long stick in one hand while supporting himself with the shoulder of the second soldier. His left leg is bleeding and is being held up by the second soldier. The second soldier is bleeding from his head and shoulder. He is carrying his helmet over his arm. At right is a sixth soldier lying in the grass, apparently dead. His rifle is lying in the grass beside him. Next to the dead soldier is a line of barbed wire. A large explosion is visible in the background at right and two biplanes are visible in the sky overhead. Signed by the artist at bottom right, "Geo. Harding, AEF, Oct. 18"
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
drawing
date made
1918-10
associated date
1917 - 1918
associated person
Harding, George Matthews
War Department
artist
Harding, George Matthews
depicted
France: Grand Est, Verdun-sur-Garonne
Physical Description
charcoal (overall production method/technique)
crayon (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 21 1/4 in x 29 3/8 in; 53.975 cm x 74.6125 cm
ID Number
AF.25755
catalog number
25755
accession number
64592
World War I
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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