Australian infantry attack in Polygon Wood
|Title||Australian infantry attack in Polygon Wood|
|Place made||United Kingdom: England|
|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.