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Christopher Douglas <[log in to unmask]>
Sat, 24 Aug 1996 17:53:03 -0400
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Hello all,
I've been lurking on this list for a little while and I have a bit of an
obscure question.  Does anyone recall seeing films, television episodes,
or made for tv movies based on Japanese war hold-outs on Pacific island
jungles long after the end of World War Two?  In the 1960s and 1970s,
there were several incidents in which such soldiers, unaware that the war
had been over for 20 to 30 years, were captured or surrendered to local
authorities -- usually in Guam or the Phillipines.  They had typically
been hiding in jungles, waiting for the Japanese army to retake the
island.  I recall seeing fictionalized accounts of these events, I think
on tv, in the 1970s, but I can't remember where or when exactly.  Does
anyone else remember stories like these?  Can anyone remember the title
of the movie or tv show?
I'd be grateful for any help on this one.  Please reply privately or to
the list.  Thanks in advance.
Christopher Douglas
University of Toronto
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