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First World War: The German Navy Attacking Allied Nursing

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Underwater, a skeleton wearing a sailor's hat inscribed ‘Deutsche Marine’ drowns and strangles a nurse wearing a Red Cross armband. Apparently represents the torpedo attack on the hospital ship HMS ‘Glenart Castle’ off Lundy Island by German submarine UC-56 on 26th February 1918. The ship was sunk with the loss of around 150 lives.

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First World War: The German Navy Attacking Allied Nursing




black & red chalk on paper


H 45.4 x W 63.6 cm

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purchased from Louis Raemaekers, 1918

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