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Wrecked Tanks near Sanctuary Wood, 17 August 1919

David B. Milne
Canadian, 1882 - 1953
watercolour over graphite on wove paper
38.5 x 55.5 cm
Transfer from the Canadian War Memorials, 1921
National Gallery of Canada (no. 8487)

"Around Hooge and on the ridge was a tank graveyard; wrecked and burnt out British tanks, some bogged down in shell holes, some with their treads broken, some with holes in their armour, some with shells and gasoline tins inside, burnt and blackened. A look inside one of these places of cremation stirred the only feeling of horror I felt." Unpublished autobiography, 1947

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