Thursday 26 August 2021

National Army Museum - '1914 - Le Cateau. 'Reverse slope positions - massed German infantry mown down by rifle fire!'

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Pen and ink and watercolour by Lieutenant Richard Barrett Talbot Kelly MBE, MC, RI (1896-1971), Royal Field Artillery.

Advancing German infantry are fired on from entrenched British positions on the Western Front. The Battle of Le Cateau (26 August 1914) was one of a series of holding actions fought by the British Expeditionary Force (BEF) during the Allies' retreat to the River Marne. Kelly's inscription also states: 'Note: Officers still carried swords, 26 August 1914.'

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