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Title

Recapture of guns, Bullecourt

(circa 1918)


Artist

Napier Waller

Australia

19 Jun 1893 - 30 Mar 1972


About

'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


Details


Date

(circa 1918)


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

charcoal


Dimensions

67.3 x 100.6 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r. "M. Napier Waller". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1918


Location

Not on display


Accession number

5838


Artist information

Napier Waller

Works in the collection

14


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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'