ART03646

Image copyright: © Australian War Memorial
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ID number ART03646
Title German observaton post, Mont St Quentin
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Maker Power, H Septimus (Artist)
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Mont St Quentin
Date made 1918
Medium watercolour over charcoal on cardboard
Measurement sheet: 19.6 x 25.8 cm; image: 19.6 x 25.8 cm

Description

Depicts 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.