The track up the mountain
ID numberART23181
Collection typeArt
TitleThe track up the mountain
MeasurementOverall: 24.1 x 21.6 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerDargie, William
Place madeNew Guinea: Huon Peninsula, Ramu River Finisterre Ranges Area, Ramu Bogadjim Area, Kesawai
Date madeMarch - April 1944
Physical descriptionpen, ink and wash on paper
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionSketch of soldiers from the 2/10th Australian Infantry Battalion hiking up a mountain. Dargie noted:
"After staging at Kesawai for the night, the battalion set off at first light next day to climb Feature 5800 to Casey's Knoll. The first half of the march was up steep and slippery foothills covered with grass. Then we entered the thick rain forest which clothed the upper slopes of the mountain. I had never thought it possible to climb knee deep in mun on a I-in-I grade, but this climb convinced me that New Guinea can turn on anything, especially something of an unpleasant nature.
We were carrying full equipment, weapons, half-tents and two Field op rations --- the typical funny picture of the PBI loaded like pack mules --- and the troops' summing-up of the situation was sufficiently lurid to be left out of this account altogether. The battalion was unanimously of the opinion that it was the worst climb they had had on the island. They soon had to revise their opinion: the next day's climb to Cameron's was even worse.
This sketch shows the track and the troops moving up the rain forest, where it was almost impossible to get up the slippery slopes without assistance".