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ID number ART02927
Title Australian infantry attack in Polygon Wood
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Leist, Fred (Artist)
Place made United Kingdom: England
Date made 1919
Medium oil on canvas
Measurement unframed: 122.5 cm x 245 cm; framed: 152.3 cm x 274 cm x 12.8 cm


In the third battle of Ypres the Australians encountered reinforced concrete blockhouses, often known as 'pillboxes', that were largely resistant to shell-fire; some had machine-guns firing from loopholes. Leist depicts one under attack at the fateful moment when Lieutenant John Turnour, of the 59th Battalion, drew fatal enemy fire while his men attacked from the flanks.