ART23893

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ID number ART23893
Title Senussi and wrecked Ju 87 Stuka
Collection Art
Object type Painting
Maker Dargie, William (Artist)
Place made North Africa: Western Desert, Libya
Date made March 1942
Medium oil on canvas on hardboard
Measurement Overall: 38.8 x 43.2 cm

Description

A 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".