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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

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[Photo] Portrait of Leonard Siffleet, circa 1941

Portrait of Leonard Siffleet, circa 1941

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.

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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.

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[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

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)

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