Acrylic painting April 1917  by Linda Finn

April 1917

On Easter Sunday, April 1917, Canadian troops stormed Vimy Ridge, ultimately overrunning the German line. A new tactic was used that day, known as the rolling barrage, where the soldiers advanced at the same time as the bombardment. Despite this, more than 10,000 were killed or wounded.  Silhouettes of the soldiers were screen printed on pages from the Smith family Bible to represent those killed that day. The quotation comes from a letter of William Herdman's, written to Essie while he was in hospital in England after the battle.
Screenprinting on multiple pages from Essie Sann Smith's family bible, acrylic paint; 80"H X 89"W