Laha Massacre

Place Laha
Category Massacre
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

After a surrender to the Japanese during the Battle of Ambon, the small force of about 300 men defending the airfield at Laha were summarily executed by their captors, and buried in mass graves. The fate of these men was not discovered until after the war, while the remainder of Gull Force endured a captivity so harsh that nearly 75 percent of them died before liberation.

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