Recapture of guns, Bullecourt
19 Jun 1893 - 30 Mar 1972
'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'.
Mervyn Napier Waller, 1918
67.3 x 100.6 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r. "M. Napier Waller". Not dated.
Not on display
© Courtesy Trustees of the Waller Estate
Shown in 2 exhibitions
War sketches in black and white, watercolour and oil, Anthony Horderns' Fine Art Gallery, 03 Dec 1918 -
Mad through the darkness: Australian artists and the Great War, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 25 Apr 2015–11 Oct 2015
Referenced in 1 publication
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'