January-March, 1945 – With an Allied invasion of Borneo imminent, the Japanese decide to march more than 2300 Australian and British prisoners from their camp in Sandakan to Ranau, in Borneo’s rugged interior.
The 260-kilometre route through dense jungle is a tortuous ordeal for the weak and sick prisoners, many of whom collapse during the march and are killed or left to die by the Japanese. The survivors who make it to Ranau are subjected to further deprivations and inhumane treatment, and most eventually die.
Of the more than 2000 men who began the march, only six survive the war. The Sandakan Death March remains the greatest single atrocity committed against Australians in war.
Retrace the route of the march and pay your respects to the men who died on a customised tour of Borneo.