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The Killers of Ramree Swamp

Discussion in 'The CBI Theater' started by Harry Morant, Nov 21, 2008.

  1. Harry Morant

    Harry Morant Member

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    Although there has been some counter claims to this story it is still listed in the Guiness Book of Records as the Greatest Disaster Suffered by Animals:



    In February 1945, the British 14th Army had surrounded a mass of fleeing Japanese in a mangrove swamp in southern Burma. In the swamp were thousands of saltwater crocodiles, averaging 15 feet long, but the Japanese refused to surrender. The crisis came on the night of Feb. 19:
    That night was the most horrible that any member of the [marine launch] crews ever experienced. The scattered rifle shots in the pitch black swamp punctured by the screams of wounded men crushed in the jaws of huge reptiles, and the blurred worrying sound of spinning crocodiles made a cacophony of hell that has rarely been duplicated on earth. At dawn the vultures arrived to clean up what the crocodiles had left. … Of about 1,000 Japanese soldiers that entered the swamps of Ramree, only about 20 were found alive.
    That's the account of naturalist Bruce Wright. If it's accurate, this would be the worst crocodile attack — and indeed one of the deadliest animal attacks — in recorded history.
     
  2. dgmitchell

    dgmitchell Ace

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    Harry -- Many thanks for posting this but you've only provided a tease! I really want to read more on this. Please let us know where you found Mr. Wright's account as I would like to read it in its entirety.

    Thanks!
     
  3. wtid45

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    I have read about this somewhere will have a look in my books and post what I find.
     
  4. Brom

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    My grandad was part of this and told me the story.
    He was just glad the crocs had done the work for him and his mates, I think. :)
     
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