It tells the shocking story of the sinking of the Montevideo Maru off the
Japanese hospital ship Montevideo Maru was carrying 845 troops from
The youngest was a boy of 15.
There were fathers and sons, civilians and troops, missionaries and traders, businessmen and administrators.
They had all been captured and interned by the Japanese in Rabaul.
They all died.
The youngest, the 15-year old, was Ivan Gascoigne, recorded as a clerk, the son of Cyril Gascoigne, who also died.
The sinking of the Montevideo Maru at 2.40 am on Wednesday July 1, 942 was
The unmarked Japanese ship left occupied Rabaul on June 22, 1942, but nine days later on July 1, American submarine USS Sturgeon torpedoed it off Luzon in the
The saddest thing is that the wreck has never been found to this day, and both
This Remembrance Day, The History Channel will commemorate
Introduced by Sky News anchor Jim Waley – who lost a relative in the tragedy – and narrated by actor John Jarratt, this explosive two-hour documentary film tells the forgotten story of the death of over 1,000 Australians who were locked in the hold of the Japanese POW ship Montevideo Maru when the vessel was torpedoed.
In the early hours of July 1, 1942, the POW “hell ship” Montevideo Maru was torpedoed off the coast of the
What the Americans did not realise at the time was that the boat was in fact a floating prison, holding over 1,000 Australian POW’s and civilians.
Tragically, 1,053 Australians perished on that fateful day.
The Tragedy of the Montevideo Maru recounts the harrowing story of the sacrifice and suffering endured by these forgotten Australians during World War II.
It features detailed re-enactments of the shocking event as well as in-depth interviews with soldiers and crew members speaking publicly for the very first time – including the only Japanese crew member to survive the Montevideo Maru and a USS Sturgeon crew member who witnessed the sinking ship through the periscope.
This unique documentary also explores the broader story of the torturous Australian POW experience during this tumultuous period of WWII and features interviews with both Australian and British survivors of other hell ship sinkings.
Group channel manager of FOXTEL’s Owned and Operated Factual Channels,
“I am delighted that we are able to share this truly incredible, although sadly forgotten, story.”
Producer John Schindler said he was drawn to the Montevideo Maru story because his own mother lost four loved ones in the tragedy: “It is one of
“This documentary will once and for all put faces to numbers.”
The tragedy of the Montevideo Maru honours the brave Australian soldiers who served on the islands of
The documentary is an exclusive FOXTEL production, co-produced by John Schindler and Bob Blasdall.