|Measurement||sheet: 17.7 x 12 cm; open: 17.7 x 23.6 cm|
|Object type||Work on paper|
|Physical description||watercolour, pen and ink, pen and brown ink , pencil on paper|
First World War, 1914-1918
Item copyright: Unlicensed copyright
Reve de poilu [A soldier's dream]
Depicts right side of double leaf composition. Full illustration depicts a French soldier asleep on the ground; curled up in the foetal position with a blanket and his rifle propped up on the fence behind him. An angel approaches from the sky above, holding a palm branch, signifying victory, and bearing the Croix de Guerre. The Croix de Guerre [Cross of War] is a military decoration of both France and Belgium and was also bestowed to foreign military forces allied to France and Belgium. The Croix de Guerre may either be bestowed as a unit award or to individuals who distinguish themselves by acts of heroism involving combat with enemy forces. The soldier's dream is one of victory and of being awarded this prestigious medal.