A photograph found on the body of a dead Japanese soldier showing Private (Pte) Reharin, member ...

Accession Number 101100
Collection type Photograph
Object type Black & white - Film copy negative acetate
Place made New Guinea: Aitape
Date made 24 October 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copyright

Item copyright: Copyright expired - public domain

Public Domain Mark This item is in the Public Domain

Description

A photograph found on the body of a dead Japanese soldier showing Private (Pte) Reharin, member of the Netherlands East Indies (NEI) Forces wearing a blindfold about to be beheaded with a sword by Yunome Kunio. A group of local people and Japanese stand watching in the background and the soldier to Yunome's left is 3rd Class Warrant Officer Fukuda. The execution was ordered by Vice Admiral Kamada, the commander of the Japanese Naval Forces at Aitape. Pte Raharin was captured with Sergeant (Sgt) Leonard G Siffleet and Pte Pattiwahl, whilst engaged in reconnaissance behind the Japanese lines. The executioner was sentenced to death for his part in the atrocity but had his sentence commuted to ten years imprisonment as he had acted in a subordinate capacity in the matter.

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