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.

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.

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

Story behind one of the most enduring images of WWII. This photograph would capture the last seconds of Siffleet's life. (Credits: Australian War Memorial)

Story behind one of the most enduring images of WWII. This photograph would capture the last seconds of Siffleet's life. (Credits: Australian War Memorial)

On 24th October 1943, Australian commando Leonard Siffleet was beheaded on Aitape Beach in Papua New Guinea, along with two Ambonese, H. Pattiwal and M. Reharing. This photograph, of Japanese soldier Yasuno Chikao just before he struck, was taken from the body of a Japanese casualty later in the war.

On 24th October 1943, Australian commando Leonard Siffleet was beheaded on Aitape Beach in Papua New Guinea, along with two Ambonese, H. Pattiwal and M. Reharing. This photograph, of Japanese soldier Yasuno Chikao just before he struck, was taken from the body of a Japanese casualty later in the war.

El sargento de Australia Leonard G. Siffleet a punto de ser decapitado con una espada por Yasuno Chikao. El sargento. Siffleet fue capturado detrás de las líneas japonesas mientras que en misión de reconocimiento. La foto fue recuperado de un soldado japonés muerto. Nueva Guinea 1943

El sargento de Australia Leonard G. Siffleet a punto de ser decapitado con una espada por Yasuno Chikao. El sargento. Siffleet fue capturado detrás de las líneas japonesas mientras que en misión de reconocimiento. La foto fue recuperado de un soldado japonés muerto. Nueva Guinea 1943

Leonard Siffleet about to be beheaded with a sword by a Japanese soldier, 1943

Leonard Siffleet about to be beheaded with a sword by a Japanese soldier, 1943

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, captured Australian commando who fought in WWII,  moments prior to being beheaded by a member of the Imperial Japanese Navy. 1943

Leonard Siffleet, captured Australian commando who fought in WWII, moments prior to being beheaded by a member of the Imperial Japanese Navy. 1943

Sergeant Leonard Siffleet was fighting in the Australian Army, but was captured by the natives and handed to the Japanese. Held for about tw...

Sergeant Leonard Siffleet was fighting in the Australian Army, but was captured by the natives and handed to the Japanese. Held for about tw...

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