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    Posted: 10 Feb 2011 at 17:14
 
ARTV00140
Title
"We took the Hill, come and help us keep it"
Makers
  • Weston, Harry J (Artist);
  • NSW Government (Publisher);
  • W A Gullick, Government Printer (Printer);
Object type
Poster
Place made
Australia: New South Wales, Sydney
Date made
1915
Medium
chromolithograph on paper
Measurement
overall: 94 x 62.6 cm; sheet: 91.2 x 58.8 cm
Collection
Art

Australian recruiting poster depicting a wounded soldier standing triumphantly on a battlefield. In the background are battleships, plumes of smoke indicating their involvement in the battle. The 'Hill' in the title may refer to the battle of Hill 60, August 1915. The fighting for Hill 60 (a low rise in the foothills on the north-western end of ANZAC) together with supporting offensive against the W Hills represented the last major Allied offensive operation on the Peninsula. Conceived as an attempt to consolidate the narrow strip of foreshore connecting British forces at Suvla and established positions at ANZAC. The first unsuccessful attempt to seize Hill 60 on 21 August was hastily planned and poorly arranged; a further attack on 27 August was the prelude for 3 days of intense fighting during which objectives were taken, lost and retaken. British, New Zealand and Australian units (18th Battalion, 9th and 10th Light Horse and composite group from Monash's 4th Brigade) failed to secure the crest, and the costly attacks were called off on 29 August as a tenuous junction had been attained with the Suvla forces. The battle of Hill 60 is often overlooked and rarely examined in detail. It was not a victory that yielded seven Victoria Crosses like Lone Pine, nor has it been accorded the noble tragedy status of the loss of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade at the Nek. It was, however, some of the most fought over real estate on the ANZAC-Suvla front and was the last offensive action of the campaign. This poster is one of a number of recruiting posters designed by Weston, who with artists such as Blamire Young, vitalised poster art throughout Australia particularly with their Art Nouveau designs between 1896-1914.

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