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1918: Amiens Cathedral with sandbag reinforcements against shell damage
1918: Amiens Cathedral with sandbag reinforcements against shell damage

1918: Amiens Cathedral with sandbag reinforcements against shell damage

Regular price £100

1918: Amiens Cathedral with sandbag reinforcements against shell damage

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 The shells of World War One were capable of inflicting widespread damage.  As well as the threat - and reality - of aircraft attack, including raids by Zeppelin dirigibles, cannons and mortars could also launch enormous shells across vast distances - in some cases, up to seventy five miles.

Historic and fragile buildings across northern France were at risk and, where supplies allowed, were protected with banks of sandbags such as this. Art and artefacts were removed, as were whole windows of stained-glass.

Amiens Cathedral was particularly vulnerable - more than 2,000 Allied heavy guns and 500 Germans heavy guns, as well in excess of 2,000 planes, 500 tanks and some 1000,000 men fought the Battle of Amiens in August of 1918 and on into September of that year.

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Specifications:

  • Limited edition print run of 100 pieces

  • Supplied with Paper Time Machine certificate of authenticity to provide limited edition provenance

  • Hand printed in the UK, global shipping available

  • Dimensions: 30 x 20cm including border for easy framing

  • Presented on premium Fuji photographic paper

  • C-type Fuji Crystal archive paper with a semi-matt finish. The paper is coated with a slightly stippled texture giving a very natural photographic finish with subtle colour