Study after Velázquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X
Painted by Francis Bacon in 1953
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On June 1, 1918, the battle of Belleau Wood began. The Marines who fought there, cemented a legacy for generations to come. This was the first large-scale battle for the Marines and one that would be seared into the collective memory of the United States Marine Corps.
After the battle, a captured German officer would dub the Marines “teufel hunden. From that day on, Marines would be forever known as Devil Dogs.