8th August, 1918

Place Europe: France, Picardie, Somme, Amiens Harbonnieres Area, Villers-Bretonneux Area, Villers-Bretonneux
Accession Number ART03022
Collection type Art
Measurement framed: 123 x 292 cm x 7.3 cm
Object type Painting
Physical description oil on canvas (linen)
Location Main Bld: First World War Gallery: Western Front 1918
Maker Longstaff, Will
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London, Westminster, St John's Wood
Date made 1918-1919
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain


The Battle of 8 August 1918, showing the Australian Artillery moving forward from Villers-Bretonneux. Horse drawn artillery and tanks, at right is a a British Mark V tank, can be seen moving forward. In the centre of the work there is a column of German prisoners of war with an armed escort. The prisoners are carrying a wounded man on a stretcher. A German 77 mm M16 fieldgun and dead crew are visible on the right. This work depicts part of the allied offensive of the day that became known to the Germans as 'der schwarze Tag' or the black day. It would appear that this is the painting Longstaff is working on in the photograph D00630.