Australian infantry attack in Polygon Wood

Collection ID ART02927
Collection type Art
Title Australian infantry attack in Polygon Wood
Measurement unframed: 122.5 cm x 245 cm; framed: 152.3 cm x 274 cm x 12.8 cm
Object type Painting
Maker Leist, Fred
Date made 1919
Copyright AWM copyright

In the third battle of Ypres the Australians encountered reinforced concrete blockhouses, 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, on 26 September 1917.

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