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The Breaking of the Sword (The Defenders)
Sculpted between 1925 and 1930? by Walter Allward (1875–1955)

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Plaster half-size working model for one of the two lower stone figure groups on the Vimy Memorial in France. These are known collectively as The Defenders. The sculptor, a Canadian, was largely self-taught. The Vimy Memorial was his last major commission.

The Breaking of the Sword in position on the newly completed Vimy Memorial in 1936
National Archives of Canada PA 183544

Stonecarvers carving The Breaking of the Sword. To the right there is a section of the plaster model.
Canadian War Museum 19770315