German observaton post, Mont St Quentin
ID numberART03646
Collection typeArt
TitleGerman observaton post, Mont St Quentin
Measurementsheet: 19.6 x 25.8 cm; image: 19.6 x 25.8 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerPower, H Septimus
Place madeFrance: Picardie, Somme, Mont St Quentin
Date made1918
Physical descriptionwatercolour over charcoal on cardboard
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionDepicts a German observation post, concrete with slit opening, on Mont St Quentin. Mont St Quentin stood out in the surrounding country, making it a perfect observation point and a vital strategic area to control. This area was key to the German defence of the Somme line. As it was such an important area, Lieutenant General Sir John Monash was keen to capture it, and on 31 August 1918, the 2nd Australian Division launched there attack and captuered the town by midnight.