WWII Elephant man rescue can be now seen on film

November 1st, 2010 - 10:25 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Cambridge, Nov 1 (THAINDIAN NEWS) The “Elephant Man” has been known for several decades but for the first time, an amateur video has emerged on how he used elephants to rescue several refugees during the Second World War. His daring rescue mission has been retold several times after that and it seem the story got a prominence after the donation of the amateur video that is believed was shot by the “Elephant Man” himself.

The “Elephant Man” was Gyles Mackrell and the video was donated to the University of Cambridge. It is believed the video presents an important part of history and it will be preserved to do just that in the future as well.

During the Second World War, the British troops retreated from Burma in 1942 and Gyles used the elephants to help to eventually rescue hundreds of refugees after that. The video shows the elephants crossing a flooded river on the border of Burma and India. The video’s commentary is presented by the University of Cambridge, which has made the video available on the Internet. The video will no doubt reveal the real challenge that Gyles faced during the rescue mission then.

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