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ID number ART03022
Title 8th August, 1918
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Longstaff, Will (Artist)
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1918-1919
Medium oil on canvas (linen)
Measurement framed: 123 x 292 cm x 7.3 cm
On display Main building: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1918


The 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.