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    Located on the Ground Level

Battle is the obvious starting point for an exhibition of works of art on the Second World War; it reflects the heroism and excitement that exists alongside the inevitable destruction and loss. It is about people and the battles they fought on land or sea and in the air, but also covers the artists who tried to capture the drama and consequences of these events on canvas and paper. The works dealing with the battles fought on land show soldiers undertaking manoeuvres or lying exhausted after operations. Warships surge through the water in a flurry of activity amid the awesome beauty of shell-bursts. Aircraft crews try to avoid the searchlights while they fight their aerial battles. Destruction is everywhere: wrecked aircraft and ships, bombed-out buildings, blasted trees.

Paintings

Battle of Britain
Battle of Britain
Paul Nash

Burma - 14th Army: the battle of the Sittang Bend. Men of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment making an armed patrol
Burma - 14th Army: the battle of the Sittang Bend. Men of the Queen's Own (Royal West Kent) Regiment making an armed patrol
Leslie Cole

A Rescue-ship in the Atlantic: March 1943
A Rescue-ship in the Atlantic: March 1943
George Plante

HMS Ark Royal in Action
HMS Ark Royal in Action
Eric Ravilious

A Parachute Bomb
A Parachute Bomb
Matvyn Wright

Before Zero Hour
Before Zero Hour
Alex Colville

Greece
Greece
Lyndon Dadswell

H.M.A.S. Perth fights to the last, 28th February, 1942
H.M.A.S. Perth fights to the last, 28th February, 1942
Murray Griffin

Night Target, Germany
Night Target, Germany
Miller Brittain

Night Air Raid
Night Air Raid
Charles Comfort

Light Coastal Forces Blow Up An Enemy Merchantman
Light Coastal Forces Blow Up An Enemy Merchantman
Richard Eurich

Wreckage On Beach Near Newhaven, England
Wreckage On Beach Near Newhaven, England
Michael Forster

A Crater in the Naval Dockyard, Hong Kong
A Crater in the Naval Dockyard, Hong Kong
Leonard Rosoman

Submarine Pens At Brest
Submarine Pens At Brest
Michael Forster

Desolate plantations, Balikpapan
Desolate plantations, Balikpapan
Donald Friend

Shattered Landscape, Cleve
Shattered Landscape, Cleve
Alex Colville

Central Square, Tobruk
Central Square, Tobruk
Ivor Hele

Wrecked ME 210
Wrecked ME 210
Charles Comfort

Home Again
Home Again
Miller Brittain

Troops in back of truck, Libya
Troops in back of truck, Libya
Ivor Hele

Hitler Line
Hitler Line
Charles Comfort