The Elephant Man: Unseen footage released of forgotten British hero who rescued hundreds of Burmese refugees during World War Two





The story of a British man who rescued hundreds of people during the Second World War using a herd of elephants in an operation dubbed a "Far Eastern Dunkirk" is to be told in full for the first time.

Gyles Mackrell, a 53-year-old tea planter, saved 200 Burmese refugees from the banks of a flooded river using the only means he could think of to get them to safety - elephants.

Mackrell's rescue mission was followed by the press at the time, who nicknamed him the Elephant Man, but the events of June 1942 were soon consigned to history....



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