On the morning of February 16, 1942, 22 Australian nurses, survivors of the sunken merchant ship SS Vyner Brookes changed durin, were marched into the surf by Japanese soldiers off Bangka Island, east of Sumatra.
In one of the worst atrocities of Australia’s involvement in World War II, all bar one would not make it back to the beach aliveThe expanding outbreak comes afte.
The others, their backs turned in the waist-deep water, were machine-gunned to death from behind.A week later?Lieutenant Colonel Vivian Bullwinkel alone survived by pretending to be dead rather than wounded.
The women were among some 100 nurses, sailors and British soldiers evacuated from Singapore two days earlier aboard the Vyner Brooke due to the?pending Japanese invasion.
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