A first on MOC pages (I think), this scene is about the Japanese-run POW Camp located on Singpore Island's Changi Peninsula during WW2. This scene was inspired by James Clavell's novel, King Rat, and the mini series Changi. It housed mostly Australian and British POWs, but also American, Dutch and Malay POWs. This MOC depicts daily life in this infamous POW Camp.
About this creation
A birdseye view of the camp. Built as barracks by the British in 1936, Changi was taken over by the Japanese during WW2 and used as a POW camp until the end of the war.
This half of the camp contains the American bunglow (foreground), a guard tower (background), road through the camp (left) and the barbed wire fence separating the camp from the jungle beyond (right).
Close-up of the bunglow.
The view inside the bunglow through the window.
Daily life inside: American POWs eating a meal, sleeping, and working on a wireless radio.
A soldier rests his head on his wooden pillow.
Close-up of a valued photo of a loved one. Communication with the outside world was rare.
Some of the last remaining personal possessions. Most were sold on the black market for medicine or food.
Soldier on the right has gone insane - not an uncommon state of affairs as the years dragged on. He just sits there mumbling to himself all day. Guy on the left is about to make an important black market deal...
The deal going on. A diamond for cash.
Executions going on in the courtyard. Typical reasons included being caught during a black market deal, found hiding a wireless radio, stealing from guards, trying to escape.
Another view of the execution.
This guy was executed a few minutes ago.
This poor bloke angered the Japanese supply officer. He now has a cleaver stuck in his abdomen.
A fight between two Aussies over who got more food.
A guard tower, armed with a Japanese Lewis gun. Yes, the Japanese had (and used) these American guns from pre-WW2 armament purchases!
Perspective from the guard tower, looking into the jungle.
Two local Malay resistance fighters scouting the camp.
Daily work parties were taken outside the confines of the camp. The next few pictures are different views of one work party in action. See if you can spot the Aussie, the Brit and the American!
An Aussie POW tries to escape. Can you find the dead American soldier?
You found him!
This shows the progress that the work party has made clearing out the jungle.
A prisoner's perspective looking through the barbed wire fence into the jungle. Though all prisoners dreamed of escape, and several hundred tried to escape, success was virtually impossible in this treacherously located POW Camp.