Australian action at Buna

Unit Imperial Japanese Army
Place Oceania: New Guinea, Papua New Guinea, Papua, Owen Stanley Range, Buna Area, Buna
Accession Number ART27547
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 174.5 cm x 312.5 cm x 10.7 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Mainwaring, Geoffrey
Place made Australia: Victoria, Ballarat
Date made 1962
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

This painting shows an attack by troops of the 18th Australian Infantry Brigade, supported by General Stuart tanks of the 2/6th Australian Armoured Regiment during the struggle for Buna. The combined assault,though costly, succeeded in breaking through the enemy defences of bunkers and fox-holes that had previously delayed Allied advance, the battle of the beaches raged from November 1942 until all Japanese resistance was finally overcome late in January 1943. In sixteen days the 18th Brigade lost 55 officers and 808 men, including 22 officers and 284 men killed, New Guinea.