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Gyles Mackrell's 1942 footage shows how he led rescue of refugees from the Japanese invasion of Burma

Still of film taken in 1942 by Gyles Mackrell of elephants crossing the Dapha river to rescue Britons fleeing the Japanese invasion of Burma.
Still of film taken in 1942 by Gyles Mackrell of elephants crossing the Dapha river to rescue Britons fleeing the Japanese invasion of Burma.


2011-11-26 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Mackrell, a 53-year-old tea exporter in the Indian province of Assam, hurried the convoy of about 20 elephants and their handlers to the river – a journey of more than 100 miles through jungle, braving leeches – in less than a week and waded across the river to rescue troops in danger of starvation, capture or drowning.



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