ID number ART30300
Title Drawing inside Fort Khiam
Collection Art
Object type Drawing
Artist Herbert, Harold
Place made Syria
Date made 1941
Medium pencil on paper
Measurement sheet: 31 cm x 48.6 cm; image: 21 cm x 29.2 cm

Description

Fort Khiam (or Al Khiam), previously part of Syria, is now within the borders of Lebanon. It has been the site of so many occupying armies from different nations that its name means tents in Arabic. Before the allies took it, the fort was occupied by the Vichy French, and written on the gate is 'Khiam / 3EME Compagnie'. The Syrian Campaign involved Australian troops, mostly from the 7th Division, fighting alongside allied troops against the Vichy French in Syria and Lebanon.