Tuesday, September 2, 2008

[Image] "Soldato Australiano Sconosciuto"

December, 1941. Tobruk, Libya.

"Unknown Australian Soldier".

This moving shot, by legendary war photographer Damien Parer, was taken at an Italian War Cemetery just outside of Tobruk. Amongst the Italian graves Parer found a sole grave with a simple yet dignified wooden cross with the inscription "soldato australiano sconosciuto".

The Western Desert is still disclosing secrets from World War Two. In April, 2008, renowned Western Desert Battlefield tour guide Steve Hamilton located 30 graves from members of the Afrika Korps that the German government has admitted to "not knowing about".

image 010989 Australian War Memorial. Negative by Damien Parer.