Australian infantry attack in Polygon Wood
ID numberART02927
Collection typeArt
TitleAustralian infantry attack in Polygon Wood
Measurementunframed: 122.5 cm x 245 cm; framed: 152.3 cm x 274 cm x 12.8 cm
Object typePainting
MakerLeist, Fred
Place madeUnited Kingdom: England
Date made1919
Physical descriptionoil on canvas
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionIn 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.