The Cowra breakout occurred on Aug 5, 1944, when at least 1104 Japanese prisoners of war attempted to escape from a POW camp near Cowra, in NSW, Australia. It was the largest prison escape of WW II, as well as one of the bloodiest. During the ensuing manhunt, four Australian soldiers and 231 Japanese soldiers were killed. The remaining escapees were captured and sent back to prison.
Historic photos capture biggest prisoner escape attempt during WWII
This Japanese prisoner of war was one of hundreds who were injured or killed when they tried to escape from the Cowra camp in central NSW in August 1944 - it was to become the biggest breakout of World War II