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

* Leonard G Siffleet, Prisioneiro de Guerra, momentos antes de sua Execução pela espada japonesa "Shin Gunto".

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)

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.

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.

Story behind one of the most enduring images of WWII Argunners

Story behind one of the most enduring images of WWII Argunners

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

This enduring photograph would capture the last seconds of Leonard 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.

The Execution of Leonard Siffleet  Australian Sergeant Leonard Siffleet was part of a special forces reconnaissance unit in New Guinea, then occupied by Japanese Imperial forces. He and two Ambonese companions were captured by partisan tribesmen and...

The Execution of Leonard Siffleet Australian Sergeant Leonard Siffleet was part of a special forces reconnaissance unit in New Guinea, then occupied by Japanese Imperial forces. He and two Ambonese companions were captured by partisan tribesmen and...

The Execution of Leonard Siffleet

The Execution of Leonard Siffleet

Japanese Officer Yasuno Chikao beheading Australian Sergeant Leonard Siffleet. October 24 1943 [600  794]

Japanese Officer Yasuno Chikao beheading Australian Sergeant Leonard Siffleet. October 24 1943 [600 794]

the beheading of leonard siffleet by a japanese officer in 1943.

the beheading of leonard siffleet by a japanese officer in 1943.

Leonard Siffleet and his fiancee Clarice Lane at Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia, 1941

[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

Execution of Leonard Siffleet by a Japanese soldier during World War II

Execution of Leonard Siffleet by a Japanese soldier during World War II

The soldier Leonard Siffleet moments before being executed by the Japanese officer Yasuno Chikao

The soldier Leonard Siffleet moments before being executed by the Japanese officer Yasuno Chikao

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