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'Somme July 1916 - Bombardment of Longueval on 2nd system seen from Montauban'.

Pen and ink and watercolour by Lieutenant Richard Barrett Talbot Kelly MBE, MC, RI (1896-1971), Royal Field Artillery, 1916.

Longueval was devastated by shell fire during the Battle of the Somme. Most of the village was captured by the 9th (Scottish) Division on 14 July 1916, but bitter fighting raged in nearby Delville Wood until late August. The accompanying inscription declares: 'Very large no-mans-land 900-1200 yds. Note 77 mm cartridge case hung up as a gas gong. Gunner F.O.O. observing fire; wire cutting with shrapnel'.

NAM Accession Number

NAM. 1994-12-21-1


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