THE SENTINAL PRINT BY MICHAEL WOOTEN
21" X 17 1/2"
This painting and poem is based on a photograph that was taken in 1974 of a 2nd Armored Division Sherman tank in a field between Magoster and Beffe, Belgium. It was a casualty of the 2nd SS-Panzerdivision in the Ardenne in January of 1945.
"By this fence near a quiet wood, I sit alone where once I stood, Beside my brothers in a row; As Panzers attacked from the treeline below.
The farmland echoed the sound of war, Where only peace had been before, And here where things are meant to grow, I fought and fell in blood-staind snow.
The years since then have drifted by, I rust away beneath the sky, In a country free from Hitler's reign, My sacrifice was not in vain."