Truce at Tobruk

Accession Number ART26654
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 101.4 x 126.5 cm; unframed: 77.2 x 103 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Location Main Bld: World War 2 Gallery: Gallery 1 - Mediterranean: Tobruk
Maker Dowie, John Stuart
Place made Australia: Victoria, Melbourne
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

Depicts the truce between the Germans and Australians at Tobruk on 4 August 1941 which enable each side to venture out into no man's land and collect their dead and wounded. The Australian soldier holding the Red Cross flag, with his back to the viewer, is Sergeant Wally J. Tuit from 2/43 Battalion (Dowie's battalion), a timber mill foreman from Alberton, SA. He was identified by the artist on a visit to the Memorial in December 1999. Dowie painted this and sketched two pencil drawings while an assistant to the sculptor Lyndon Dadswell in the Military History Section of the Australian War Memorial in Melbourne in 1943.