Des Bettany – Liberation

There is not much to be said about this image — as they say ‘a picture paints a thousand words’. As the end of the Pacific War approached, rations to the POWs were reduced and the work requirement increased. POWs were made to dig tunnels and fox holes in the hills around Singapore so that the Japanese would have places to hide and fight when the Allies finally them. Many POWs believed the Japanese would kill them as the Allies approached. This never happened. But for more than 60 years the name Changi has remained synonymous with hardship and cruelty, borne during this horrific chapter in military history.

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