Britannia by Felix Desruelles at Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
Britannia by Felix-Alexandre Desruelles (18651943) at Boulogne-sur-Mer, France - commemorating the arrival of the British troops in 1914. This work by Desruelles did not last for long as it was destroyed by the Germans in July 1940. The statue and supporting column had a total height of 15m. At the top of the column was the figure of Britannia, a trident in her right hand and a shield in her left hand. She looked vigilantly towards the channel. Date: circa 1920s
Communist China - swimmers in Yangtze River
Swimmers (soldiers and civilians) in the water of the Yangtze River (Changjiang) in Communist China in July 1970. They are taking part in a training exercise, building up their mental and physical strength, and commemorating a visit from Chairman Mao which took place four years previously.
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Medal commemorating Wellington and von Blucher
Silver medal commemorating the Duke of Wellington and Field Marshal von Blucher 1815; J N Lang (1776-1835), Vienna and Austria, 1815 (c).Obverse, struck: portrait busts of Wellington, left, and Blucher, right, facing each other; medallists name at the bottom edge.Reverse, struck: figure of Victory standing, holding two laurel wreaths, between two trophies of arms. Medal commemorating the Duke of Wellington and Field Marshal von Blucher 1815 Date: 1815
© The National Army Museum / Mary Evans Picture Library