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Redrose100
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Lost WWII battlefield found

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An Australian trekker said he has discovered the site of a significant World War II battle in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, complete with the remains of Japanese soldiers right where they fell almost 70 years ago.

Former army Capt. Brian Freeman, an expert on the Kokoda Trail – a 60-mile trek through rugged mountainous country and rainforest of the island – said Monday he was led to the Eora Creek battle site where he found the remains of the soldiers.

The site about half a mile from the village of Eora Creek was believed to be the location of the last major battle that was pivotal in Australia’s campaign against the Japanese in Papau New Guinea.

Although the site was known to local villages, jungles reclaimed it after the battle of Eora Creek. Although locals hunted on the plateau surrounding the site, they avoided the 600-square-meter battle ground because of a belief that spirits of the dead were still present in the "lost battlefield."

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Its always the last place you look!
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I remember hearing stories about Japanese soldiers holding out on some islands years after the war ended, they couldn't be convinced that Japan surrendered.
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I believe the last few Japanese holdouts surrendered or were captured in the mid to late 70's. But back in 1988 I was visiting family in the Philippines near the Air Base in Batangas and the locals would tell the children stories of all the evil Japanese still hiding in the woods. Note that these are the same folks who believe that there is a big old pile of Japanese gold tucked away in the mountains. According to the hunters and loggers there were still a few living up in the mountains but as they were not attacking anyone they were left alone.

I read portions of a book written by one of the holdouts years ago. Interesting read regarding how he and his counterparts maintained their cell over the years. There were a few Japanese soldiers living on one of the islands we dove off of who had not returned to Japan after the war, I will assume deserters as the locals did not eliminate them after the war, and they also mentioned that on occasion they would see a fellow traveler out in the forest.

I have also heard that there were several holdouts in Indonesia.

I doubt anyone would have been able to hold out for more than a few years where this battlefield was found. If memory serves the locals in this area enjoy serving visitors up in a fine BBQ.

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