Sandakan – Ranau Death March

20 Sep

On Sunday, myself and 12 others head to Sabah, Borneo to retrace the steps of Australian soldiers who were forced to walk from Sandakan to Ranau at the end of World War II.  All but six who escaped died, over 2,400 Australian diggers were lost in the single greatest Australian military tragedy.

While much of the track has been lost to palm plantations and other uses, some 96 kilometres is still available. This is our second time there and while one can never understand what it was like for the soldiers who were weak, undernourished, beaten and sick, it does give you some idea of the courage, character and sense of hope they possessed to keep going under appalling conditions.

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