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Story behind one of the most enduring images of WWII. This photograph would capture the last seconds of Siffleet's life. (Credits: Australian War Memorial)

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A Japanese soldier, Yasuno Chikao, prepares to behead Australian Sergeant Leonard G. Siffleet at Aitape in New Guinea. The Australian commando from "M" Special Unit was captured while his small patrol was operating deep behind enemy lines. 1943. The photograph was discovered on the body of a dead Japanese major near Hollandia by American troops in April 1944.

On 24th October 1943, Australian commando Leonard Siffleet was beheaded on Aitape Beach in Papua New Guinea, along with two Ambonese, H. Pattiwal and M. Reharing. This photograph, of Japanese soldier Yasuno Chikao just before he struck, was taken from the body of a Japanese casualty later in the war.

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19 Final Photos Taken Before Death

Leonard Siffleet, an Australian soldier during WWII, just seconds before he was beheaded by a Japanese soldier.

from EL PAÍS

El conflicto que cambió a los reporteros

Ejecución del piloto australiano Leonard Siffleet a manos del oficial japonés Yasuno Chikao. Nueva Guinea, 24 de octubre de 1943 (de autor desconocido).

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from WW2DB

[Photo] Portrait of Leonard Siffleet, circa 1941

from WW2DB

[Photo] Leonard Siffleet and his fiancee Clarice Lane at Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia, 1941

Leonard Siffleet and his fiancee Clarice Lane at Circular Quay, Sydney, Australia, 1941

This enduring photograph would capture the last seconds of Leonard Siffleet's life. (Credits: Australian War Memorial)

Leonard Siffleet, captured Australian commando who fought in WWII, moments prior to being beheaded by a member of the Imperial Japanese Navy. 1943

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