Senussi and wrecked Ju 87 Stuka

Unit German Air Force
Place Africa: North Africa, Libya
Accession Number ART23893
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 38.8 x 43.2 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas on hardboard
Maker Dargie, William
Place made North Africa: Libya
Date made March 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

A Senussi man with a donkey stands looking at a crashed German Junkers Ju 87 Stuka. The code 'T6' visible on the rear fuselage of the wrecked Stuka is a specific Luftwaffe unit code, for Sturzkampfgeschwader 2 'Immelmann'. This German unit was active in Libya and had substantial contact with Allied (and Australian) forces. Dargie noted, "The wandering Arab glances casually at the wrecked symbol of his erstwhile oppressors. Slung by his side he has an Italian satchel. The Senussii were decidedly pro-British; and there were several cases in which they aided the escape of our airmen who had been shot down behind the enemy lines, by disguising them as Arabs".