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ID number ART03334
Title Bringing up the guns
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Power, H Septimus (Artist)
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1921
Medium oil on canvas
Measurement overall: 147.3 x 233.7 cm


Power depicts a team of six horses, a rider on one of each pair, struggling through the mud pulling the gun carriage with an 18 pounder gun. Two soldiers on foot are also pulling the heavy carriage. From the 1st Australian Imperial Force, 101st Australian Battery, they are taking part in the Third Battle of Ypres in Passchendaele, Belgium. The image conveys the difficulties the Australian and British artillerymen faced during the opening phase of the Ypres offensive in July 1917. The battlefield had become so churned by the unceasing bombardments from fight succeeding fight, that moving the guns forward after each advance took superhuman efforts.