Former POWs liberated from Pakanbaroe

September 1945

In mid-September 1945, POWs were liberated from Pakanbaroe. The sickest men were the first to be airlifted from the island, and the following footage – held at the Australian War Memorial – shows Australian and British POWs preparing to leave Sumatra and, later, their arrival in Singapore. The films include footage of base camp at Pakanbaroe; cooking and washing facilities.

Please be aware that some of the images contained in these films may be distressing.

AWM FO2170 & AWM FO2617

Pakanbaroe: 15 September 1945 – preparation of the sick for leaving the island, with others cooking and and distributing rice rations

AWM – FO7341

Singapore: arrival of liberated troops from Pakanbaroe

 

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