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In this work, Kennington captures the moment soldiers scramble ‘over the top’, out of a trench into no man's land to attack the enemy trench line. Many were met almost immediately by a hail of gunfire, causing great loss of life. Kennington’s works have a particular human interest. Having been a soldier, he was able to draw the images with knowledge and accuracy. Showing soldiers in training and at the Front, these prints were described by one journalist as capturing ‘the spirit of our new, young army’.
lithograph on paper
H 50.9 x W 38.2 cm
NMW A 13169
gift from H. M. Ministry of Information, 1919