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German Machine Gun Posts in Thélus Cemetery, 12 or 13 June 1919

David B. Milne
Canadian, 1882 - 1953
watercolour over graphite on wove paper
25 x 35.4 cm
Transfer from the Canadian War Memorials, 1921
National Gallery of Canada (no. 8457)

Of a similar scene Milne wrote: "A few hundred yards beyond the Zonnebeke station I came to the German pillbox line ... I laid down my painting outfit beside the road and looked at some of them. These are all about alike - 20 feet long, about 10 feet deep and sticking up about the height of a man or a little more above the ground ... All have water inside and the pools surrounding them are filled with the endless wreckage of war, among it bones and the foul-smelling remains of bodies." Correspondence, 31 July 1919

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