Battlefield, South Bougainville

Accession Number ART22842
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 45.4 x 60.8 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas
Maker Herman, Sali
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


This picture shows what bombing and artillery fire made the jungle look like, yet our men were living in dug-outs covered with heavy timber and a few painted tent flaps. On the day the artist sketched the scene it was just after a surprise attack by the Japanese. They come down at dawn, sixty men strong, right up to the barbed wire of the camp. Forty-eight were shot, twenty-five were lying in an area of about twenty square yards. Seven men of 15th Battalion 29th Brigade had been shot and some wounded.

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