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Japanese man Hiroo Onoda continued to fight his own gorilla war for 29 years after World War II, refusing to believe the fight was over.
LEIGH SALES, PRESENTER: They were known as the holdouts, Japanese soldiers who refused to surrender after the end of World War II.
Dozens fought on from their jungle strongholds, refusing to believe that the Japanese empire had been defeated.
One of the last to surrender was Hiroo Onoda who spent 30 years waging his own guerrilla war on an island in the Philippines.
He eventually laid down his arms after his former commanding officer returned to the Philippines in 1974 and ordered him to give up.
North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy reports from Tokyo.
Edited by sniper1946, 12 November 2010 - 03:38 PM.