Night march of the captured and a circle of the dead

Place Europe: Greece, Crete
Accession Number ART92807
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 76 x 101.4 cm; image: 69 x 94.5 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pen and black ink on card
Maker Winters, Michael
Place made Australia: Australian Capital Territory, Canberra
Date made 2004
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


In this work Winters depicts events told to him by Captain William Travers of the 2/1st Battalion. Travers led his company over three campaigns. His relationship with his men and the respect he felt for them meant that having to surrender to the Germans was a particularly difficult experience for him.

After their capture, he and the other Australian soldiers were forced to march during the night to an assembly point where they were to be taken off the island. During the march they saw a circle of dead British soldiers lying at the foot of a bridge under the light of the moon.