Burnt out oil tanks, Balikpapan

Collection ID ART23270
Collection type Art
Title Burnt out oil tanks, Balikpapan
Measurement sheet: 32.2 x 44 cm [irregular]; image: 31.6 x 40.6 cm [irregular]
Object type Drawing
Maker Friend, Donald
Date made 7 August 1945
Copyright Copyright expired - public domain

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.