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ID number E02321
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original half plate negative
Maker Unknown Australian Official Photographer (Photographer)
Place made France
Date made c 27 September 1917


A pillbox known as Anzac Strong Post, captured by Australian troops in the attack of the 1st and 2nd Australian Divisions, on 20 September 1917, and on which they hoisted an Australian flag. To this position there subsequently came an enemy messenger dog with messages to a German officer, telling of the Australian attack and instructing him to hold out at all costs. The dog was killed by shellfire later in the day, and the flag was destroyed, for the pillbox suffered many direct hits from the enemy's high explosive shells. This photograph was taken a week later. Note the ANZAC sign and the rifles leaning against the pill box.