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    Check Out These Incredible Cartoons Drawn By A British WWII Prisoner Of War

    Des Bettany was a very talented man. All artwork reproduced with kind permission of his family. See more here. H/T i100.

    Des Bettany joined the Territorial Army in 1939. He fought in France, Belgium, and then the Far East.

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    "The Last Gun Position": 25 Pounder Gun, Singapore, F Troop, 464 Battery.

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    "Caught By Japanese Recce Planes Near Kuala Lumpar, Malaya."

    His family write on their website: "Des ... carried small sketchbooks with him, and recorded aspects of the voyage out [and] actions in Malaya and Singapore, in various media including pencil, ink, watercolour, and pastel."

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    "Well…After All Old Man, They Began It, You Know!"

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    "Caricature of an Naval Officer Wearing a Monocle, Kuantan, Malaya".

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    "Captain R.M. Horner, ‘Jack’ Horner in the bath."

    But in 1942, Bettany became a prisoner of war in Singapore – first at Towner Road, then in Changi Jail.

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    “Going To Work”: From Towner Road POW Camp (1942).

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    "Say, Where’s The B…. Cookhouse?" Towner Road POW Camp.

    His family write: "As well as documentary sketches, he kept spirits up by producing a series of cartoons, some of which satirised his captors."

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    "A Quiet Browse In The Library?" Changi (Aug 1945).

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    "Break It Up" (1942).

    "There are serious works documenting incidents which occurred during the various campaigns, but the spirit of much of the work is one of light-heartedness, helping Des to keep a sense of optimism in the face of a brutal captor. There are also touching works of nostalgia."

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    "Transport": The Changi Chariot.

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    "You Call This A Shower!!"

    Bettany finally returned home in 1945, after the camp was handed to the prisoners. He later moved to Australia to work as an art teacher.

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    "Waiting".

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    "What the??? Freedom at last???" (1945)

    Here's a picture of Bettany chilling on the beach, along with a letter he wrote detailing his experiences (transcript here).

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