Millard Owen Sheets,
Charcoal on Paper
26 1/2 in. x 16 1/2 in. (67.31 cm x 41.91 cm)
North America, USA
Scripps College, Claremont, CA
Black charcoal drawing on off-white paper.
Modern American drawing of a soldier with a pick ax in his hand and a knife on his belt.
"Tommy" is a term for a soldier in the British army, commonly used during World War I. During the war, German soldiers would call out "Tommy" across noman's land if they wanted to speak to a British soldier. Multiple sources are cited as the origin of the term, some dating as far back to a young soldier named Tommy Atkins who died in combat in 1794. During World War II, the Germans still referred to British soldiers as Tommy.
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