**Leonard George (Len) Siffleet** (14/1/1916 – 24/10/1943) was an Australian commando of World War II. Born in Gunnedah, New South Wales, he joined the Second Australian Imperial Force in 1941, and by 1943 had reached the rank of sergeant.
>Posted to M Special Unit of the Services Reconnaissance Department, Siffleet was on a mission in Papua New Guinea when he and two Ambonese companions were captured by partisan tribesmen and handed over to the Japanese. All three men were interrogated, tortured and later beheaded.
>The photograph of Siffleet’s execution was discovered on the body of a dead Japanese major near Hollandia by American troops in April 1944. It is believed to be the only surviving depiction of a western prisoner of war being executed by a Japanese soldier.
rocknrollnobody: If anyone needs confirmation of the barbarian nature of the Japanese during WWII, look no further than ‘Knights Of The Bushido’, a report on the war crimes of the Japanese army in the Pacific.
When you use POWs for bayonet practice and beheading practice, don’t expect history to treat you kindly.
What if the officer who had a private take this photo wanted to show the world the horribles of war and the terrible things many people were forced to do?