The SAS (Al Asad Iraq)

Place Middle East: Iraq
Accession Number ART92244
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 45.6 x 20.2 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Location Main Bld: Peacekeeping & Recent Conflicts Gallery
Maker Miller, Lewis
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, St Kilda
Date made 2004
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Major General Peter Cosgrove addressing a group of Australian SAS soldiers huddled together in Al Asad Iraq. Lewis Miller was appointed official war artist in April 2003 to document Australia's involvement in the Second Gulf war. He spent three weeks in the Middle East in Qatar with members of the Australian Defence Force and also recorded the activities undertaken by the RAN , involved in mine clearing near the Al Faw peninsula in the Persian Gulf. He also travelled to Iraq, recording the activities of the SAS at Al Asad and at Al Qusayr and on the Al Ifziiyah peninsula, accompanying them on mine clearance patrols.

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