Disposing of the earth from the tunnel, Sulmona

Place Europe: Italy
Accession Number ART34781.009
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 31.8 x 20.9 cm
Object type Work on paper
Physical description 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

Depicts a drawing of three prisoners removing soil from the tunnel in bags, a fourth is in the roof handing down the bag. 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. Most Australian officers captured in North Africa ended up in Campo 78 at Sulmona, near Rome.