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Blitzed Oil Tanks

Battle damaged oil tanks
Description: Painting; Oil on Canvas; by Griffith Baily Coale; 1942; Framed Dimensions 8H X 19W
Accession #: 88-188-X
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The tanks filled with useless sludge burst into flames and send their black smoke rolling up like a smaller Pear Harbor during the attack on Midway Islands on June 4th. When the fire had ceased and the smoke had blown away, there remained burnt trees naked against the colorful sea, with a white sand dike surrounding the distorted shapes - the one at the right like a dead sperm whale in a dry pond. 

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  • Art
Wars & Conflicts
  • World War II 1939-1945
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