This watercolour shows defences along the south coast during the Second World War – where invasion from
the sea was a constant fear. These defences include barbed wire entanglements and dragon’s teeth, used to
impede the movement of tanks. The white trail left behind by an aerial dog-fight hangs in the sky.
During the War, Rudolf Sauter was an Army Welfare Officer under the South Eastern Command. Although
he was never an Official War Artist, he did witness a number of significant events – such as spud piers being
prepared for the Normandy landings ‚Äì which informed his work. This watercolour shares some resemblance
with Eric Ravilious’ Coastal Defences at Newhaven, 1941, in the collection of the Birmingham Museum &