Kerr Eby Canadian, born Japan
Not on view
Eby’s military unit was involved in the 1918 Battle of Château‑Thierry, a major offensive in northern France. Fought outside the town, it helped stop the German army from advancing toward Paris and, despite heavy casualties, represented a major victory for Allied forces. French and American troops succeeded despite gas and artillery attacks, aerial bombardment, and bad weather, aided by tanks and advance warning about German plans gleaned from captured soldiers. Eby’s seemingly endless row of soldiers emphasizes the sheer number of combatants. Their line, which parallels that of the flat hills behind them, extends beyond the edge of the plate, giving a sense that it is nearly limitless.