ID number ART03605.037.001
Title The village of Kemmel
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Benson, George (Artist)
Place made Belgium: Western Front (Belgium), Ypres Area, Kemmel
Date made June 1917
Medium watercolour on paper
Measurement backing sheet: 45.5 x 28.8 cm; image: 18.6 x 23.2 cm

Description

View of the village of Kemmel from a hillside. Kemmel Ridge was a key feature on the French-Belgium border that came under attack during the German Army's Lys offensive of April 1918. British and dominion forces held the ridge against a series of German assaults between 17 and 19 April 1918. The Germans renewed their attack on 26 April and, having broken through the French forces holding the line to the south of the ridge, were able to wrest it from its defenders.