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The tragic story of hundreds of Japanese soldiers that eaten by crocodiles in Myanmar

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The tragic story of hundreds of Japanese soldiers that eaten by crocodiles in MyanmarThe tragic story of hundreds of Japanese soldiers that eaten by crocodiles in Myanmar

News24xx.com -  In 1942, the Japanese army can possess of Ramree Island. Ramree Island is off the coast of Myanmar, approximately 113 kilometers south of Akyab that now known as Sittwe.


The island has a strategic location, so the opponent launched an offensive in 1945 to reclaim the island.


After the battle, British troops succeeded in pushing about 1,000 enemy troops into a mangrove swamp stretching 16 kilometers from Ramree.


That's where one of the most horrific events of the war happened.


The defeated Japanese troops refused all persuasion to surrender and left their base, and headed for the marshes.


Though many of Japanese soldiers were hit by tropical diseases transmitted by mosquitoes and some poisonous spiders, snakes, and scorpions.


Another problem for the Japanese troops is the lack of drinking water and hunger. But apart from all these obstacles, there is one major danger.


One night, the British soldiers reported hearing the screams of fear and the sound of gunfire coming from the darkness of the marshes. They do not exactly know the cause of the shouts. But it is very clear, that Japanese troops are being attacked by something terrible.

Apparently mangrove swamps on the island of Ramree is home to one of the largest reptile predator in the world, the saltwater crocodile. The reptile can grow as long as 6 meters weighing about 900 kilograms. The Japanese soldiers being prey for many crocodiles. Known, the crocodiles awakened by hearing the commotion of war and the smell of blood, then they gathered among the mangrove trees, waiting under the water.

 

With the rising tide, the crocodiles approached the dead, wounded, or surviving soldiers and were trapped in the mud.


A total of 520 Japanese troops managed to survive Ramree swamps. Most of them were injured and torn apart very badly and caught by British troops.

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