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Battle of Arakan, 1943: men of the 7th Rajput Regiment resting on South Hill with a parasol captured near the Mayu River on the Rathedaung Front

Anthony Gross CBE RA (1905-1984)
Battle of Arakan, Anthony Gross CBE RA, Imperial War Museum, ART LD 3334

An incongruous scene of Indian soldiers shown relaxing, one wearing camouflage, with the two parasols. Gross's diary describes this incident: a night patrol brought home the parasols of a geisha girl who had been entertaining the Japanese troops that held a nearby village, along with food from the village gardens. Gross was sent to Burma to illustrate British and Indian commitment to the area.

Ink wash on paper 35.8 x 51.4 cm
Painted in Arakan, Burma, 1943
Imperial War Museum ART LD 3334

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