THE PORT BLAIR MASSACRES
(March 23, 1942) Japanese forces occupied the British controlled Andaman Islands. They met no resistance from the local population but within hours the 'Sons of Heaven' started an orgy of looting, raping and murder. Unbelievable orgies were perpetrated in the towns and villages with women and young girls forcibly raped and young boys sodomized. In Port, eight high-ranking Indian officials were tortured then buried up to their chests in pits they were forced to dig. Their chests, heads and eyes were then prodded with bayonets after which the pit was sprayed with bullets until the helpless victims were all dead. The Director of Health and President of the Indian Independence League, Diwan Singh, was arrested and nearly 2,000 of his Peace Committee associates incarcerated in the local jail and subjected to the water treatment, electric shocks and other unspeakable forms of torture for eighty two days. Those left alive were then taken out to the country and shot and buried. After the massacre the Japanese resorted to a reign of terror, women were abducted and taken to the officers club to be raped by the officer elite. A shipload of Korean girls was brought in to participate in this 'sport'. During the three and a half years of Japanese occupation, out of the 40,000 population of Port Blair around 30,000 were brutally murdered. The small islands of the Andamans were left a scene of utter devastation. This was Japan's way of helping India get her freedom from the British.
MASSACRE ON ANDAMAN
( August 14, 1945 )
Situated midway between the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean, lie the tranquil Andaman Islands. As the food shortage became acute during the last month of the war, the Japanese occupiers decided to exterminate all those who were no longer useful or employable. All were deprived of their personal possessions and household goods before being embarked on three boats. About two kilometres from the shore of the uninhabited Havelock Island they were forced to jump into the sea and swim to the beach. Most of them, around a hundred, drowned on the way and those who made it were abandoned to die of starvation. Of the original 300 who landed only eleven were alive six weeks later. The next day, 800 Indian civilians were rounded up and transported to another uninhabited island, Tarmugli. Transferred to the island in small boats, they wandered aimlessly on the beach waiting for further orders. Soon, a detachment of 19 Japanese troops arrived and what followed was one of the most hineous crimes in the annals of the Pacific war. It took the detachment just over an hour to slaughter all but two of the 800 victims by shooting and bayoneting. Next day, August 15, 1945, the day of the Japanese surrender, a burial detail of troops arrived to remove all traces of the massacre. Within twenty-four hours all 798 bodies were collected and burned in funeral pyres until only fragmented bones and ashes remained. The ashes were then buried in deep pits dug on the beach. In a gross miscarriage of justice, the Japanese officer responsible was sentenced to only two years in prison by a British Military Court.
This link covers the Japanese capture of the Andamans in 1942: http://www.geocities.com/dutcheastindies/andaman.html
August wrote:Bose renamed the island as Shaheed i think
Klemen L. wrote:This link covers the Japanese capture of the Andamans in 1942: http://www.geocities.com/dutcheastindies/andaman.html
Hopefully I will be able to write soon a new renovated article about the Japanese Attack on Port Blair on the Andaman Islands. Currently I am lacking of some info from the Indian sources, which I would eagerly like to get to complete the article. But luckily I have been able to obtain about ten (10) photographs of the Japanese landing at Port Blair and two or three of them are particularly interesting because they show several Indian POWs locked under close Japanese guard in the Port Blair Jail, just a couple of days after the invasion in 1942.
Anda-manni wrote:Hello Klemen,
I am a German scholar working about the history of the Andaman Islands. A friend from Andaman, himself a researcher, called my attention to your contribution in this forum. We are interested in getting copies of the mentioned 10 Photographs of the Japanese landing at Port Blair. Do you think it might be possible to post or send them to me?
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