Allan Moore

Australian official war artist Alan Moore was among the first to enter Nazi Germany’s infamous Stalag and concentration camps, and he created a unique record of the horrors of the Third Reich.

At Belsen, Moore sketched the Allied troops’ initial efforts to render aid to malnourished prisoners, and the burial of thousands of bodies amid the mud and filth. He also took photos so that there could be no accusations of exaggeration of the horrific scenes.

Throughout his appointment, Moore also documented Royal Australian Air Force activities in New Guinea, the Admiralty Islands, and Italy, as well as other scenes from the end of the war.

A selection of Moore’s work, held by the Australian War Memorial, can be seen in the slideshow below. To read more about Alan Moore, purchase Wartime 87 here.

Alan Moore, [Death wagon Belsen Concentration Camp], 1945. AWM2018.716.1.5.9

Alan Moore, [Death wagon Belsen Concentration Camp], 1945. AWM2018.716.1.5.9

 

Alan Moore, POWs and casualties transport from Celle, Germany, 1945. AWM2018.716.1.5.21

Alan Moore, POWs and casualties transport from Celle, Germany, 1945. AWM2018.716.1.5.21

 

Alan Moore, Bomb damage Hamburg, 1945. AWM ART25011

Alan Moore, Bomb damage Hamburg, 1945. AWM ART25011

Alan Moore, 77 Squadron digging in after landing at the Admiralties, 1944. AWM ART24328

Alan Moore, 77 Squadron digging in after landing at the Admiralties, 1944. AWM ART24328

Alan Moore, Bombing up Beauforts for daylight raids over New Britain, 1944. AWM ART22272

Alan Moore, Bombing up Beauforts for daylight raids over New Britain, 1944. AWM ART22272

Alan Moore, RAAF Repair and Salvage unit, 1944. AWM ART23566

Alan Moore, RAAF Repair and Salvage unit, 1944. AWM ART23566

Alan Moore, Mined church, Farno, 1945. AWM ART24356

Alan Moore, Mined church, Farno, 1945. AWM ART24356

Alan Moore, 450 Squadron fitters making tea in the snow, 1945. AWM ART24353

Alan Moore, 450 Squadron fitters making tea in the snow, 1945. AWM ART24353