In 1942, the Ramree Island was successfully overtaken by the Japanese Imperial Army. It was World War II at the time and Ramree was strategically an important spot since it was located at off the coast of Burma.
3 years later, the Allies attacked the Japanese forces in order to reclaim the island.
It was a bloody battle and eventually, the British army managed to drive about a thousand of their enemies into a mangrove swamp that spanned about 10 miles of Ramree.
This proved to be an unforgettable day for everyone who witnessed what happened next.
British troops fought the Japanese Imperial Army and managed to drive them out of Ramree Island.
The Japanese military repeatedly refused to surrender and they later chose to abandon their base and hide in the swamp. A huge number of the troops eventually got ill because of the diseases transmitted by swamp mosquitoes. It also didn’t help that the place had its shares of poisonous spiders, snakes and scorpions. On top of that, the Japanese lacked food and clean drinking water to survive in the swamp.
The scariest threat for them, however, waited in the mangrove swamps.
Some British soldiers later reported how they heard terrified screams and gunfire from their enemies during nighttime. Unknown to the Japanese, the swamps of Ramree Island was infested with saltwater crocodile – which is considered as the world’s biggest reptilian predator.
Japanese soldiers hid in the swamp, not knowing of the danger that lies ahead – saltwater crocodiles!
This type of crocodile can grow as much as 20 feet in length and can weigh about 22,000 pounds. Moreover, even a medium-sized saltwater crocodile could easily kill a human.
In the book Wildlife Sketches Near and Far (1962), author and naturalist Bruce Stanley shared:
“That night was the most horrible that any member of the M.L. [marine launch] crews ever experienced. The scattered rifle shots in the pitch black swamp punctured by the screams of wounded men crushed in the jaws of huge reptiles, and the blurred worrying sound of spinning crocodiles made a cacophony of hell that has rarely been duplicated on earth. At dawn the vultures arrived to clean up what the crocodiles had left…. Of about one thousand Japanese soldiers that entered the swamps of Ramree, only about twenty were found alive.”
The Battle of Ramree may not be historically significant as other World War II battles but it was definitely the creepiest!
Although the Battle of Ramree isn’t as well known as the other significant battles fought in World War II, it definitely goes down in history as one of the creepiest war stories.
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