• World War II in Color

    Changi Prison

    "There are few images available to illustrate the Japanese POW camps. Here is a drawing from Changi Prison on Singapore by Des Bettany Bettany did not draw the true skeletal figures of the prisoners because he was ‘drawing to keep his morale up’.

    Changi was one of the more notorious Japanese prisoner of war camps. Changi was used to imprison Malayan civilians and Allied soldiers. The treatment of POW’s at Changi was harsh but fitted in with the belief held by the Japanese Imperial Army that those who had surrendered to it were guilty of dishonouring their country and family and, as such, deserved to be treated in no other way.

    More cartoon drawings by Des Bettany can be found here.


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