Films tell story of WWII elephant rescue in Burma1 min readReading Time: < 1 minute
The remarkable story of a daring World War II operation in which hundreds of people fleeing the Japanese advance through Burma were rescued by elephant is to be told in full for the first time.
The expedition was organised by Gyles Mackrell, a British tea planter who shot amateur films during its course.
Gyles Mackrell organised a daring operation using elephants to rescue hundreds of refugees, stranded when the British retreated from Burma in 1942.
The footage, shot by Mackrell himself, shows how the elephants were able to cross the flooded rivers at the border with India.