Some played deck quoits while the tunnel progressed in the shadow in the corner

Place Europe: Italy
Accession Number ART34781.010
Collection type Art
Measurement Sheet: 28.5 cm x 39 cm; Image: 22 x 33.8 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 drawing of several men at Campo PG 78, a POW camp in Sulmona, Italy. While some of the men entertain themselves with ball games, they are distracting attention away from the shadowy corner where more men are working on a tunnel.

Escape attempts by the Allied servicemen held in Axis prisoner of war camps were not uncommon. This particular tunnel was discovered when a donkey caused the roof to collapse after the tunnel had been weakened by rainfall.