Soldiers of the Telephone

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Charcoal sketch on white paper. Three American soldiers crouch in a trench. One soldier at left serves as the lookout while one soldier at right listens over the telephone. A third soldier at center holds a roll of telephone wire over his arm. There is a low fence on top of the hill in the background. A label affixed to the sketch reads: "'Soldiers of the Telephone.' Who stubbornly lay and keep open their wires under shell and machine-gun fire and who, often, well ahead of the tanks and the infantry are the 'eyes' as well as the 'ears' of the advancing columns - keeping Regimental H.Q. at all times in touch with its men."
Currently not on view
related event
World War I
National Museum of American History
associated person
Townsend, Harry
War Department
Townsend, Harry
Townsend, Harry
Credit Line
War Department. Historical Branch of the General Staff
Physical Description
charcoal (overall production method/technique)
paper (overall material)
overall: 18 in x 22 3/4 in; 45.72 cm x 57.785 cm
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Official Art from the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I
associated date
1917 - 1918
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