Leonard Siffleet, an Australian soldier during World War II, seconds before he was beheaded by a Japanese soldier.

Leonard Siffleet, an Australian soldier during World War II, seconds before he was beheaded by a Japanese soldier.

An Australian POW, Sgt. Leonard Siffleet, captured in New Guinea, about to be beheaded by a Japanese officer with a guntō, 1943. Japanese war crimes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

An Australian POW, Sgt. Leonard Siffleet, captured in New Guinea, about to be beheaded by a Japanese officer with a guntō, 1943. Japanese war crimes - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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The Execution of Leonard Siffleet

The Execution of Leonard Siffleet

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)

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

Leonard Siffleet about to be beheaded with a sword by a Japanese soldier, 1943

Leonard Siffleet about to be beheaded with a sword by a Japanese soldier, 1943

The soldier Leonard Siffleet moments before being executed by the Japanese officer Yasuno Chikao

The soldier Leonard Siffleet moments before being executed by the Japanese officer Yasuno Chikao

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.

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.

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