An Australian POW, Sgt. Leonard Siffleet, captured in New Guinea, about to be beheaded by a Japanese officer with a guntō, 1943. Japanese war crimes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An Australian POW, Sgt. Leonard Siffleet, captured in New Guinea, about to be beheaded by a Japanese officer with a guntō, 1943. Japanese war crimes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is how I prefer to remember Leonard Siffleet (1916-1943). He joined the Australian forces and reached the rank of sergeant. Posted to the M Special Unit, Siffleet was on a mission in Papua, New Guinea when he and two Ambonese companions were captured by tribesmen and handed over to the Japanese. All three men were interrogated, tortured and later beheaded at Aitape Beach on March 29, 1943. A picture of Siffleet's impending execution became a disturbing but enduring image of the war.

This is how I prefer to remember Leonard Siffleet (1916-1943). He joined the Australian forces and reached the rank of sergeant. Posted to the M Special Unit, Siffleet was on a mission in Papua, New Guinea when he and two Ambonese companions were captured by tribesmen and handed over to the Japanese. All three men were interrogated, tortured and later beheaded at Aitape Beach on March 29, 1943. A picture of Siffleet's impending execution became a disturbing but enduring image of the war.

Leonard Siffleet and his fiancee Clarice Lane at Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia, 1941

[Photo] Leonard Siffleet and his fiancee Clarice Lane at Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia, 1941

Leonard Siffleet and his fiancee Clarice Lane at Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia, 1941

The Execution of Leonard Siffleet

The Execution of Leonard Siffleet

Último instante del soldado australiano Leonard Siffleet, enviado a Papua Nueva Guinea en 1943 para luchar contra el Ejército japonés. En octubre de 1943 Siffleet y otros dos compatriotas fueron capturados por aborígenes, quienes los entregaron a los japoneses. Después de dos semanas de torturas e interrogatorios los militares fueron decapitados ante una multitud compuesta por japoneses y nativos.

Último instante del soldado australiano Leonard Siffleet, enviado a Papua Nueva Guinea en 1943 para luchar contra el Ejército japonés. En octubre de 1943 Siffleet y otros dos compatriotas fueron capturados por aborígenes, quienes los entregaron a los japoneses. Después de dos semanas de torturas e interrogatorios los militares fueron decapitados ante una multitud compuesta por japoneses y nativos.

The soldier Leonard Siffleet moments before being executed by the Japanese officer Yasuno Chikao

The soldier Leonard Siffleet moments before being executed by the Japanese officer Yasuno Chikao

This enduring photograph would capture the last seconds of Leonard Siffleet's life. (Credits: Australian War Memorial)

This enduring photograph would capture the last seconds of Leonard Siffleet's life. (Credits: Australian War Memorial)

A Japanese soldier, Yasuno Chikao, prepares to behead Australian Sergeant Leonard G. Siffleet at Aitape in New Guinea. The Australian commando from "M" Special Unit was captured while his small patrol was operating deep behind enemy lines. 1943. The photograph was discovered on the body of a dead Japanese major near Hollandia by American troops in April 1944.

A Japanese soldier, Yasuno Chikao, prepares to behead Australian Sergeant Leonard G. Siffleet at Aitape in New Guinea. The Australian commando from "M" Special Unit was captured while his small patrol was operating deep behind enemy lines. 1943. The photograph was discovered on the body of a dead Japanese major near Hollandia by American troops in April 1944.

Pinterest
Search