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Penetration Zen / When two bullets collide Theme: Patriotic Duty

Artist: Ray ARNOLD
Birth/Death: 1950

Title: Penetration Zen / When two bullets collide

Credit Line: Gordon Darling Australasian Print Fund 2000 National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

'I saw two bullets fused together, one penetrating the other, exhibited at the Imperial War Museum in London. There was an old, muddy shell standing upright on the edge of a ploughed field — shells with narrow driving bands were German — as I walked toward Villiers-Bretonneux on the 4th of July 1998. I could imagine spectral soldiers moving quickly across my path, from my right to left, under German fire as they made a desperate night counter-attack eighty years before. They were Victorians and soldiers of my great-grandfather’s 60th Battalion. ‘Hold hard, cobbers’.'
Raymond Arnold, 1999

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