Working in the tunnel, Sulmona

Place Europe: Italy
Accession Number ART34781.008
Collection type Art
Measurement Sheet: 28.2 cm x 39.2 cm; Image: 22.4 x 31 cm (irregular)
Object type Work on paper
Physical description pencil, pen and ink, brush and ink wash on paper
Maker Comber, Albert
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London, United Kingdom: England, Shropshire
Date made 1945
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright Item copyright: © Australian War Memorial
Creative Commons License This item is licensed under CC BY-NC

A greyscale wash drawing of two Prisoners of war working in a tunnel. At Sulmona the artist joined the Escape Team and tunnel-digging crew. Over two months they worked many hours underground, however the plan ended in failure when a donkey put its foot through the roof and the tunnel was discovered. Most Australian officers captured in North Africa ended up in Campo 78 at Sulmona, near Rome.