Re: H2O Preds. and AAT

Paul Crowley (
Thu, 28 Sep 95 19:26:08 GMT

In article <44ei33$> "chris brochu" writes:

> On the night of Feb. 19, 1945, approximately 1000 Japanese soldiers were
> trapped on Ramree Island, a dry spot off the coast of Burma, by British
> forces. Ramree is separated from the mainland by 30 km of mangrove
> swamp. Of the 1000 troops who tried to escape through the swamp, twenty
> survived. British personnel interviewed after the incedent reported the
> loud sounds of crocodile jaws mixed with human voices.
> That's a survivorship of 0.2 %.

>From "Crocodiles" by Rodney Steel (1989) page 55:

". . allied troops surrounded between 400 and 800 Japanese soldiers . .
There seems to be some doubt as to the veracity of this frequently
quoted account, however, and David Finkelstein concluded in 1984
that in fact the majority of Japanese troops escaped to rejoin the
rest of their army. "

The Finkelstein reference is: "Tigers in the Stream" Audubon, 86,
May 1984, 98-111.