Death at Slaters Knoll

Place Oceania: Pacific Islands, Solomon Islands, Bougainville, South Bougainville
Accession Number ART23577
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 45.4 x 61 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas on plywood
Maker Abbott, Harold
Place made Pacific Islands: Solomon Islands, Bougainville
Date made 19 April 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


A reconstruction of the fanatical Japanese charge seen from the left flank of Slater's Knoll. The largest force attack the centre of the position, but this was the scene of bitter fighting. It was early morning and bright moonlight, and our lads were even more prepared than usual owing to one giving a false alarm in his sleep. This seemed to precipitate the attack and the Japanese, having neglected to soften our defences, were mowed down by the waiting Vickers and Bren gunners. The PITA (Projector, Infantry, Tank Attack) was used for the first time against the Japanese taking cover behind the tree in the centre of the picture. In the depression running off to the right, they used a bulldozer to bury 125 Japanese bodies. 'B' Company 25 Australian Infantry Battalion was holding the position at the time of the attack.

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