Destroyed bridge at Damour
ID numberART30067
Collection typeArt
TitleDestroyed bridge at Damour
Measurementsheet: 42 x 50.8 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerHerbert, Harold
Place madeSyria
Date made1941
Physical descriptionwatercolour over pencil, heightened with white on paper on hardboard
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionDepicts bridge crossing Damour, Syria, (now Lebanon). Herbert's classically trained handling of the medium renders the scene clearly, but in an aesthetically pleasing manner. The artist writes 'Syrian campaign series painted August 1941...Destroyed Bridge at Damour. Fine bridge of masonry blown by the retreating Vichy French Forces. Our troops made a detour and crossed some hundreds of yards away. Engineers [the 2/6th Field Company Royal Australian Engineers] got busy repairing the broken span.' They did this while still under fire from the enemy. The Syrian Campaign involved Australian troops, mostly from the 7th Division, fighting alongside allied troops against the Vichy French in Syria and Lebanon.