Grim wartime route to reopen (Borneo)
Lost behind impenetrable jungle in Borneo for the past 60 years, the 250km Sandakan death march track has been rediscovered through painstaking detective work.
The track was the scene of one of the darkest episodes of World War II.
Of 2438 Australian and British PoWs held at Sandakan after Japan captured Singapore, only six managed to escape and all of them were Australian.
Those who did not die of disease, starvation or maltreatment were executed, either at the Sandakan camp or on the long march to Ranau in Borneo's rugged interior.
Historian Lynette Silver has spent 14 years uncovering the route and a section will be opened to the public through organised trekking expeditions.
''My hope is that the Sandakan track will become as much a part of the nation's ethos as the Kokoda Trail and Gallipoli,'' Ms Silver said.
comments powered by Disqus
- Most Millennials Resist the ‘Millennial’ Label
- Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers – and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting
- China military parade commemorates WW2 victory over Japan
- New documentary explores the legacy of the 5,000 Rosenwald schools set up by a Sears magnate and Booker T. Washington
- Rare silent Native American movie of 1920s attracting a lot of interest
- Historian Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham wins National Humanities Medal
- AHA President Vicki L. Ruiz named National Humanities Medalist
- Historians of Color Are Revolutionizing the Narrative of ‘American Exceptionalism’
- Henry VIII voted worst monarch in history
- The Fuhrer style: Historian says press coverage of Hitler’s lavish life fueled his rise to power