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Japanese Occupation of the Philippines - Beheadings

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This image depicts a photograph which was found on a deceased Japanese soldier.  It is now maintained at the Australian War Memorial.

Curators at the War Memorial provide more information about this image and the blindfolded Australian soldier:

Aitape, New Guinea.  24 October 1943.

A photograph found on the body of a dead Japanese soldier showing NX143314 Sergeant (Sgt) Leonard G. Siffleet of "M" Special Unit, wearing a blindfold and with his arms tied, about to be beheaded with a sword by Yasuno Chikao.

The execution was ordered by Vice Admiral Kamada, the commander of the Japanese Naval Forces at Aitape.  Sgt Siffleet was captured with Private (Pte) Pattiwahl and Pte Reharin, Ambonese members of the Netherlands East Indies Forces, whilst engaged in reconnaissance behind the Japanese lines.

Yasuno Chikao died before the end of the war.


Media Credits

Image online, courtesy Australian War Memorial.

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