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Title

Recapture of guns, Bullecourt

(circa 1918)

Artist

Napier Waller

Australia

19 Jun 1893 - 30 Mar 1972

  • 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
    Copyright
    © Courtesy Trustees of the Waller Estate

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    Artist information
    Napier Waller

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  • 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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    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'

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