Dawn at Hamel, 4 July 1918

Accession Number ART03590
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 168.5 cm x 273.5 cm x 14.5 cm x 50 kg
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1918
Maker Bell, George
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1921
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


Depicts the Battle of Hamel, July 1918. Australian Corps were under the command of General John Monash (the Battle of Hamel was his first operational success; the Australians had artillery support of great precision and co-operated enthusiastically with tanks, some of which acted as supply carriers, saving the effort of hundreds of troops; ammunition was dropped by parachute over the forward areas); and this work incorporates a view of approaches to Hamel and Wood in the right distance. German prisoners are being brought back, wounded being attended to, and the officer in left foreground is writing a message with his runner (red wrist band) waiting. In the foreground are a German flare pistol, several German stick grenades, an ammunition can for the belt of a Maxim machine gun and a wrecked 1908 Maxim machine gun, while a biplane fly's over dropping supplies by parachute. In the background the smokescreen that covered the advance lingers.