Night of the Crocodiles

The night was filled with screams!

The greatest disaster ever suffered from animals took place on a small island twelve miles off the coast of Myanmar (Burma) during World War II.

Having survived months of attacks, Japanese forces on Ramree Island were finally forced to retreat to the island’s interior mangrove swamp on February 19, 1945 after being flanked by British Naval forces.  Of the estimated 900 to 1,200 Japanese soldiers to enter the swamp, only 20 survived. 

The majority fell victim to the hundreds of crocodiles that inhabited the area.  Describing the hell that occurred that night, British soldier Bruce Wright stated, “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.”


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