ID numberART30054
Collection typeArt
Measurementoverall: 37.4 x 51 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerHerbert, Harold
Place madeBritish Mandate of Palestine: Palestine, Rosh Pinna
Date made1941
Physical descriptionwatercolour over pencil heightened with white on paper
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionDepicts a Curtiss P-40B Tomahawk fighter in the foreground with two British airplanes in the middleground at Rosh Pinna, Palestine (now in Israel). The Syrian Campaign involved Australian troops, mostly from the 7th Division, fighting alongside allied troops against the Vichy French in Syria and Lebanon. The artist wrote: '...No 3 Squadron RAAF - advanced aerodrome at Rosh Pinna...the aerodrome is surrounded by eucalyptus saplings among which the personnel of the camp live under canvas. Arid hills are the setting.' According to Jewish Kabbalah tradition, this is the location where the Messiah will appear at the end of the world.