Japanese Bayonet Practice, Thailand, 1944

Jack Bridger Chalker

Japanese Bayonet Practice, Thailand, 1944
3 5 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 27cm

Japanese Bayonet Practice, (POW) Camp, Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, 1944.

Oil on canvas stretched over board by Jack Bridger Chalker, Royal Artillery, 1946 (c).

Chalker painted this scene shortly after the war, from sketches he made at the time. It depicts the Japanese camp guards dressed in lacquer armour engaged in bayonet practice, a favourite leisure pursuit of both Japanese and Korean guards. Wearing costumes similar in design to traditional fighting armour and using wooden 'rifles', the guards would roar as they charged at each other, within earshot of the hospital's sick patients.

Image Details

Negative No.
 
82643
Accession No.
 
NAM. 1995-10-4-1

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