Senussi and wrecked Ju 87 Stuka
ID numberART23893
Collection typeArt
TitleSenussi and wrecked Ju 87 Stuka
MeasurementOverall: 38.8 x 43.2 cm
Object typePainting
MakerDargie, William
Place madeNorth Africa: Western Desert, Libya
Date madeMarch 1942
Physical descriptionoil on canvas on hardboard
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionA Senussi man with a donkey stands looking at a crashed German Junkers Ju 87 Stuka. The code 'T6' visible on the rear fuselage of the wrecked Stuka is a specific Luftwaffe unit code, for Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 'Immelmann'. This German unit was active in Libya and had substantial contact with Allied (and Australian) forces. Dargie noted, "The wandering Arab glances casually at the wrecked symbol of his erstwhile oppressors. Slung by his side he has an Italian satchel. The Senussii were decidedly pro-British; and there were several cases in which they aided the escape of our airmen who had been shot down behind the enemy lines, by disguising them as Arabs".