The Battle of Ramree Island

Tales of an Asia Sailor

The Battle of Ramree Island

Thanks to Paul Reuter and Peter T Yeschenko

SOMETHING YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW!

1000 JAPANESE SOLDIERS WERE ATTACKED BY CROCODILES DURING WWII!

In 1942, during WWII, the Japanese Imperial Army captured Ramree Island off the Burma coast, 70 miles south of Akyab, now known as Sittwe.

Since Ramree was strategically important, the Allies wanted to retake the island and establish airbases to support the mainland campaign.

In 1945, an attack on the island was launched.

After a bloody face-off, British troops managed to drive nearly 1,000 Japanese soldiers into the dense mangrove swamp that covered some 10 miles of Ramree.

The defeated Japanese soldiers ignored all appeals by the British to surrender, and instead abandoned their base and entered the swamp.

It was after this that one of the oddest incidents in the history of warfare occurred.

Many of the Japanese troops succumbed to tropical…

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