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An image of Recapture of guns, Bullecourt by Napier Waller

Napier Waller

(Australia 19 Jun 1893 – 30 Mar 1972)

Recapture of guns, Bullecourt
(circa 1918)
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Materials used

26½ x 39 5/8 inches (67.3 x 100.6 cm)

Signature & date
Signed l.r. "M. Napier Waller". Not dated.
Purchased 1918
Accession number
© Courtesy Trustees of the Waller Estate
Lowy, Gonski Gallery
Further information

'A historic and exceptional incident on a Bullecourt sector. It was exceptional because it is seldom that an artilleryman gets to close grips with the enemy. In April, 1917, the Germans captured a number of the guns of the 1st Division, Australian Artillery. The infuriated gunners immediately counter-attacked, and in the most unorthodox manner. Not only the gunners, but every man available - cooks (with huge meat knives, axes, etc.), drivers, and orderlies - rushed in admidst the greatest disorder, a howlin, cursing, but determined rablle, and not only succeeded in recapturing their guns, but also in securing a large number of prisoners'.

Bombardier Waller, 111th Howitzer Battery, 4th Division A.I.F.
in 'War sketches on the Somme Front', 1918

Bibliography (1)

The Chaplain, War sketches on the Somme Front, 'Ex-Bombardier Waller and his war pictures', pg. 32-39, Melbourne, 1918, 52 (illus.), 53. titled 'Recapture of guns, Bullecourt Front'

Exhibition history (1)

War sketches in black and white, watercolour and oil, Exhibition Venue Unknown, 03 Dec 1918 -–1918