Burnt out oil tanks, Balikpapan
|Title||Burnt out oil tanks, Balikpapan|
|Place made||Borneo: Balikpapan|
|Date made||7 August 1945|
|Medium||pen and ink, brush and coloured wash and Chinese white on paper|
|Measurement||sheet: 32.2 x 44 cm [irregular]; image: 31.6 x 40.6 cm [irregular]|
The pre-landing bombardment and strafing of the 7th Australian Division wrought such damage that for some distance there could be seen nothing but ruined buildings, blackened coconut plantations and charred ground. This picture shows some of the oil tanks, whose metal had been wrapped into fantastic shapes and burned to strange colours by the heat, Borneo.