Tobruk

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Accession Number ART28482
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 120 x 177 cm; unframed: 94.5 x 153 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 1 - Mediterranean: Tobruk
Maker Hele, Ivor
Place made Australia: Queensland, Brisbane
Date made 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC
Description

The town and harbour of Tobruk after capture by Allied forces, 2 Australian Imperial force, 6th Australian Division and before the siege began. Less than two weeks after his appointment as an official war artist, Hele accompanied the 6th Division into the Libyan port of Tobruk. He made a number of pencil sketches and small oil studies of the town and port area to document what had been the Australians' greatest success to date. Hele was well clear of Tobruk when Rommel's advance cut off the 9th Division in the town, so beginning the siege of Tobruk. The painting was worked up from the sketches made in January 1941, as a tribute to the Australians, who, with British and Polish troops, held out until relieved in December.