I'm combining 2 challenges with this layout.
First a sketch from Sketch 'n' scrap August cyber crop on Facebook.
My topic is the Japanese prisoner of war camp in Cowra NSW, which I visited recently.
Looking back during my visit I reflected on the sadness of war and general loss of life on both sides. It was a sombre visit. In fact I cried while standing near that memorial.
Mum had told me about it and how during World War II, any Japanese soldiers that became prisoners of Australia, were sent there for punishment. Cowra is about 5 hours from Sydney and the camp is set away from the town, so there was no way they could return to their homeland .
The Cowra breakout occurred on 5 August 1944, when 1,104 Japanese prisoners of war attempted to escape from a prisoner of war camp near Cowra, in New South Wales, Australia. It was the largest prison escape of World War II, as well as one of the bloodiest. During the escape and ensuing manhunt, 4 Australian soldiers and 231 Japanese soldiers were killed. The remaining escapees were re-captured and imprisoned.