Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Nov

27

1943

War artist Edward Ardizzone, alone on the battlefield

A Bren gun team from the 2nd Cameronians, 5th Division, take up a position high up in the mountains, 21 November 1943.

At the beginning I met a Bren gun carrier and anti-tank gun and two M.P.s who asked me to take a message to the other side that their telephones were dead and the track was being badly torn up. After this a solitary walk over the wire and matting across ploughed fields and by patches of young bamboo. Within a quarter of a mile of the river the whole area came under considerable mortar and shellfire.