‘Jules George’s collection of Afghanistan paintings is aptly named, ‘Into the Valley’. During his time in Afghanistan attached to the 2nd Yorkshires (Green Howards) operating in Helmand he was struck by the contrast between the stunning landscape, the fertile valleys, often teeming with life, and the ever present shadow of death. These two contradictory facets of the campaign in Afghanistan are arrestingly conveyed in his work.’

His paintings and sketches encapsulate what soldiering is about in a way that somehow a photo rarely does’

‘Central to his work is what Field Marshal Wavell once called ‘the indomitable figure of the British soldier…whose humorous endurance of time and chance lasts always to the end’.

Major General Julian Thompson CB OBE
Military historian and former Royal Marines officer who commanded
3 Commando Brigade during the Falklands War.