8th August, 1918
ID numberART03022
Collection typeArt
Title8th August, 1918
Measurementframed: 123 x 292 cm x 7.3 cm
Object typePainting
MakerLongstaff, Will
Place madeUnited Kingdom: England, Greater London, London, Westminster, St John's Wood
Date made1918-1919
Physical descriptionoil on canvas (linen)
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionThe Battle of 8 August 1918, showing the Australian Artillery moving forward from Villers-Bretonneux. Horse drawn artillery and tanks, at right is a a British Mark V tank, can be seen moving forward. In the centre of the work there is a column of German prisoners of war with an armed escort. The prisoners are carrying a wounded man on a stretcher. A German 77 mm M16 fieldgun and dead crew are visible on the right. This work depicts part of the allied offensive of the day that became known to the Germans as 'der schwarze Tag' or the black day. It would appear that this is the painting Longstaff is working on in the photograph D00630.
LocationMain Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1918