Erecting camouflage tree, Menangle

Place Europe: United Kingdom, Wales
Accession Number ART30251
Collection type Art
Measurement unframed: 45 x 54.8 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on cardboard
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 2: Aus Threat
Maker Dobell, William
Place made Australia: New South Wales
Date made 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Members of the Civil Construction Corps (CCC) erect camouflage netting and a dummy tree at Menangle, near Bankstown, Sydney. Originally built as a racecourse, Menangle Park was converted into a military base during the Second World War, providing training facilities for troops, complete with an airstrip in the middle of the track. The use of dummy objects as a means of concealment and deception increased as the war progressed. Faithful representations of the real object, some instances involved dummy houses and trees, even fake roads, were intended to disguise army bases and aircraft hangers as civilian farms. Here, the men strain under the weight, their bodies virtually horizontal with the ground, as they hoist a dummy tree into place.