Road into the town, Mersa Matruh
ID numberART30085
Collection typeArt
TitleRoad into the town, Mersa Matruh
Measurementoverall: 44.5 x 44 cm
Object typeDrawing
MakerHerbert, Harold
Place madeEgypt
Date made1941
Physical descriptionwatercolour over pencil heightened with gouache on paper
CopyrightAWM copyright
DescriptionDepicts view of the road leading into the town of Mersa Matruh in the Western Desert, Egypt. Mersa Mutrah was a key port during the conflict, and was taken by German commander Rommel in 1942. Following their defeat, the British retreated to El Alamein. Painted as part of the Syrian Campaign series. The campaign involved Australian troops, mostly from the 7th Division, fighting alongside allied troops against the Vichy French in Syria and Lebanon.