Panorama of Mt Kemmel

Collection ID ART03605.037.002
Collection type Art
Title Panorama of Mt Kemmel
Measurement backing sheet: 45.8 x 28.8 cm; image: 20.4 x 62.6 cm
Object type Drawing
Maker Benson, George
Date made 1-3 June 1917
Copyright AWM Licensed copyright

Panorama of Mt Kemmel, mapping out geographical reference points such as Dickiebush Lake, Ypres, Kemmel Road, Wytschaete Ridge, the road to Messines, Messines Ridge and Lille. 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.