Now all roads lead to France and heavy is the tread
Of the living; but the dead returning lightly dance.
Edward Thomas, Roads

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Recommended: Art of the American Soldier

The Cover Illustration Showing Wallace Morgan at Work at Neufchateau, France, by Fellow Official Artist  J. Andre Smith

Art of the American Soldier is a 295-page PDF download available from the U.S. Army's Center for Military History.  It covers the full range of work done by both official war artists and and soldiers of various ranks and specialties that had an artistic bent. I would estimate that about twenty percent of the images in the document are from the First World War. Four from the Great War period are shown here. However, the part I personally enjoyed most is the great selection of illustrations from our post-Vietnam wars. Almost all were new to me and a great reminder of the sacrifices our servicemen and women are still making every day. Take in its entirety, Art of the American Soldier is a wonderful tribute to all those who served and sacrificed throughout the nation's history. 

Army Camp by George Harding

Charles Baskerville Was an Officer in the 42nd Division. 
He Make These Sketches While Recuperating from Wounds and Later Sold Some to Scribner's Magazine.

Going Through Gas by George Harding

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