(0898) Capture of a Cellar by American Marines

Capture of a Cellar by American Marines
FES Title: Capture of a Cellar by American Marines
Alternate Titles: Kamarad!
[1919]; When the Whine of “Kamerad” Lifts Above the Clamor [2002]
Date: 09/24/1918
Size: 30″H x 50″W
Medium: oil-on-Smooth-canvas
Published: “Souvenir Pictures of the Great War.” The Ladies Home Journal, December 1918: 18.
caption: When the Whine of “Kamerad!” Lifts Above the Clamor

Ianni, Francis A. World War One Remembered. Wilmington: Delaware Heritage Commission, 1993: 46.
caption: When the Whine of “Kamerad!” Lifts Above the Clamor

Harrington, Peter. “The Great War Paintings of Frank E. Schoonover.” Military Heritage, August 1999: 68.
caption: When the Whine of ‘Kamerad’ Lifts Above the Clamour

Inscription: lr: F.E. Schoonover / ’18
Exhibitions: 1919 WSFA; 2002 HSD
Comments: index; edit
Commentary: One of the series for Ladies Home Journal, this cellar scene reveals a typical World War I occurrence, as the Marines surprise a group of German soldiers in their subterranean retreat where they thought they were protected.
In this scene, Schoonover “has again shown his attention to authenticity. In order to maintain their own identity, the Marines did not wear the 2nd Division ‘Indianhead’ patch, instead choosing to wear their eagle, anchor and globe crest on their helmets and uniform collars. The Germans, to indicate that they had surrendered, used the term ‘Kamarad!'” (Ianni, 47)
Russell Eshbach was the model for the figures as Schoonover was in Bushkill, Pennsylvania when he rendered this work. (day books) For further commentary, see #886.
Provenance: Sold by the artist to Delaware National Guard, New Castle, Delaware (March 9, 1959)
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