Smashing the Hindenburg Line
FES Title: 27th Division (N.Y.) at Hindenberg Line
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Date: 05/01/1919
Size: 30″H x 50″W
Medium: oil_single-prime-canvas
Type: subject painting
Published: “Souvenir Pictures of the Great War.” The Ladies Home Journal, August 1919: 16.
caption: Smashing the Hindenburg Line
Inscription: lr: Frank E. Schoonover / 4-19
Comments: DAM scan 1/13/06; index edit
Commentary: At the end of September 1918, the Allies launched the final offensive that was to end World War I. The Hindenberg line was the “Rock of Gibraltar of German morale,” their last major line of defense. New York’s 27th Division smashed through that line, resulting in the desperate scene depicted by Schoonover in this painting.

In the lower left is a soldier pointing a pistol. On his gas mask bag are the initials GWW in red. The family of this soldier has identified him by those initials as George William Winslow. The 27th New York Division was his corps, and he fought with them during the battle depicted. He was shot and killed on September 29, 1918 just after the time represented by this painting. (archives, correspondence)
For further commentary, see #886.

Provenance: Ninth Avenue Armory, New York City (circa 1930’s); not known
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