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The horror and heroism of battle have compelled artists for millennia. James Adams reflects on Canada’s contributions to the genre

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Infantry, near Nijmegen, Holland, 1946, by Alex Colville.

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Canadian Headquarters Staff, 1918, by William Nicholson.

courtesy of the Beaverbrook Collection of war art.

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Paraskeva Clark Parachute Riggers, 1947

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Manly MacDonald Land Girls Hoeing, c. 1919

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Fred Varley For What? c. 1918

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Eric Kennington The Conquerors, 1920

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A.Y. Jackson A Copse, Evening, 1918

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Charles Comfort The Hitler Line, 1944

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Edwin Holgate The Dispersal Hut, 403 Squadron, Kenley, Surrey, c. 1944

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Jack Nichols Drowning Sailor, 1946

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