Attack on 'Pearl Ridge'

Accession Number ART21452
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 24.2 x 31.1 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pen and wash on paper
Maker Abbott, Harold
Place made Pacific Islands: Solomon Islands, Bougainville
Date made 30 December 1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Drawn from Artillery Ridge during the action. Pearl Ridge is on the skyline and from there it is possible to see the other side of Bougainville island. Air bombing and strafing were followed by artillery, and smoke can be seen rising from the valleys. Japanese snipers were holding up the attack by troops of A and D Companies, 25th Infantry Battalion. It was thought there was a sniper in the large tree on the left but several well placed shells removed large sections of it and a body was seen to fall. A small cluster of troops just below the crest of the continuation of Artillery Ridge in the centre are sheltering from another sniper across the valley on the left. Nearer is a group of native carriers, and two stretchers are bringing out wounded. Someone's washing hangs in the foreground. Pearl Ridge was finally occupied on 1 January 1945.