|Place||Asia: Burma Thailand Railway, Chungkai|
|Measurement||Overall: sheet: 24.6 x 37.6cm; paper: 33 x 40.8cm; paper: 33.8 x 42cm; card: 34.2 x 44.4cm|
|Object type||Work on paper|
|Physical description||watercolour heightened with white with pen, brush and ink, mounted on two sheets of paper on card|
Second World War, 1939-1945
Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright
New arrivals: dressing ulcers, Chungkai
Soldiers dressing ulcers in the prisoner of war camp, Chungkai, Burma-Thailand Railway. Even small cuts and scratches could turn into gaping and stinking tropical ulcers, caused by bacteria in the soil. Operating confronted doctors with a terrible choice, a bad ulcer could kill a man, but operating on weak men with inadequate or inappropriate drugs resulted in an appalling high death rate.