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HotelBushranger
04-17-2007, 10:04 PM
For those that can remember my post a few months ago you'll know what I'm talking about http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

In any case, I'm off to Borneo, the main highlight being the visit to the Sandakan POW Camp in Sabah (north eastern Borneo). Here, British and Australian prisoners from the Fall of Singapore and other Pacific battles were kept. Forced to build an airstrip, they were treater very badly, similar and in some cases worse to those on the Thai-Burma Railway. In 1945, when the Japanese realised they were losing the war, they marched the prisoners almost 200 kilometres inland to Ranau. Those that stopped on the marches were summarily shot or bayoneted, and these marches became known as the Death Marches. When the prisoners got to Ranau, the Japanese killed them all anyway. Out of about 2500 British and Australian POW's, only 6 survived because they escaped on the marches. We'll be visiting the camps and doing a service there for ANZAC Day, the first official one ever, and I'm told by the son of one of the survivors you can feel the POWs still there, so it'll be a moving experience.

So, the bags are packed, passports cleared, pants browned with anticipation, and I'm off to RAAF Base Pearce in a couple of hours, before heading off to the airport tomorrow.

See yas all in a few weeks!

HotelBushranger
04-17-2007, 10:04 PM
For those that can remember my post a few months ago you'll know what I'm talking about http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

In any case, I'm off to Borneo, the main highlight being the visit to the Sandakan POW Camp in Sabah (north eastern Borneo). Here, British and Australian prisoners from the Fall of Singapore and other Pacific battles were kept. Forced to build an airstrip, they were treater very badly, similar and in some cases worse to those on the Thai-Burma Railway. In 1945, when the Japanese realised they were losing the war, they marched the prisoners almost 200 kilometres inland to Ranau. Those that stopped on the marches were summarily shot or bayoneted, and these marches became known as the Death Marches. When the prisoners got to Ranau, the Japanese killed them all anyway. Out of about 2500 British and Australian POW's, only 6 survived because they escaped on the marches. We'll be visiting the camps and doing a service there for ANZAC Day, the first official one ever, and I'm told by the son of one of the survivors you can feel the POWs still there, so it'll be a moving experience.

So, the bags are packed, passports cleared, pants browned with anticipation, and I'm off to RAAF Base Pearce in a couple of hours, before heading off to the airport tomorrow.

See yas all in a few weeks!

Esel1964
04-17-2007, 10:16 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by HotelBushranger:
For those that can remember my post a few months ago you'll know what I'm talking about http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

In any case, I'm off to Borneo, the main highlight being the visit to the Sandakan POW Camp in Sabah (north eastern Borneo). Here, British and Australian prisoners from the Fall of Singapore and other Pacific battles were kept. Forced to build an airstrip, they were treater very badly, similar and in some cases worse to those on the Thai-Burma Railway. In 1945, when the Japanese realised they were losing the war, they marched the prisoners almost 200 kilometres inland to Ranau. Those that stopped on the marches were summarily shot or bayoneted, and these marches became known as the Death Marches. When the prisoners got to Ranau, the Japanese killed them all anyway. Out of about 2500 British and Australian POW's, only 6 survived because they escaped on the marches. We'll be visiting the camps and doing a service there for ANZAC Day, the first official one ever, and I'm told by the son of one of the survivors you can feel the POWs still there, so it'll be a moving experience.

So, the bags are packed, passports cleared, pants browned with anticipation, and I'm off to RAAF Base Pearce in a couple of hours, before heading off to the airport tomorrow.

See yas all in a few weeks! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Have fun,and be safe M8,a toast to a good trip.
Sounds cool! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

major_setback
04-18-2007, 05:01 AM
Have a good trip. Plant a tree for me. If not, at least water one http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif.

BSS_Goat
04-18-2007, 05:22 AM
think you can bring me back one of those shrunken heads?

woofiedog
04-18-2007, 06:04 AM
Good Luck with your trip!

Maybe share a couple of photo's when you get back. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

mrsiCkstar
04-18-2007, 06:09 AM
have a good time!

WarWolfe_1
04-18-2007, 06:14 AM
Have a great time!

tools4foolsA
04-18-2007, 06:21 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Plant a tree for me. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

yes please, one for me too!

Otherwise the place might look like our Singapore/Malaya map soon, something that happens in too many places all too fast here in SEAsia! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Have a good trip!

*flying IL-2 in Bangkok right now*
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Feathered_IV
04-18-2007, 07:07 AM
And say hi to the pretty gels for me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif