An image of Recapture of guns, Bullecourt

Napier Waller

(Australia 19 Jun 1893 – 30 Mar 1972)

Recapture of guns, Bullecourt

Location
Not on display
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'.

Mervyn Napier Waller, 1918

Year
(circa 1918)
Media
Drawing
Medium
charcoal
Dimensions
67.3 x 100.6 cm sheet
Signature & date

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

Credit
Purchased 1918
Accession number
5838
Copyright
© Courtesy Trustees of the Waller Estate