Army Headquarters, Cassel

Unit Army Headquarters
Accession Number ART03605.028.001
Collection type Art
Measurement backing sheet: 28.8 x 45.5 cm; image: 13.5 x 31 cm
Object type Drawing
Physical description watercolour on paper
Place made France
Date made 1916
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Depicts the small town of Cassel in northern France; southeast of Dunkurque. Cassel is a hilltop village that was much fought over during the First World War because of its position and observation opportunities of the high ground. It served the British Army Headquarters, which oversaw the northern end of the Western Front.

Benson indicates that the large cream-coloured building depicted in the centre is the Army Headquarters, that previously, in peacetime, was a casino. Also pictured is the Notre Dame da la Crypt in upper left corner and the cemetery down the slope in front. Benson states that "Cassel was a delightfully picturesque old town", followed by a self-deprecating remark about this sketch not doing it justice.