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ID number ART03557
Title The Battle of Messines
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Wheeler, Charles (Artist)
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1923
Medium oil on canvas (linen)
Measurement overall: 137 x 229 cm


Depicted is a scene in the front line of the 3rd Australian Division at the commencement of the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917. The battle was launched by the detonation of 19 mines set under German trenches, the explosions which are visible on the horizon. The infantry have begun their advance towards battered enemy lines.