LESSER-KNOWN BUT HORRIFIC WAR CRIMES
Added on: 12th Nov 2016
Black Saturday (December 6, 1975) was a series of massacres
and armed clashes in Beirut, Lebanon, that occurred in
the first stages of the Lebanese Civil War. In an orgy of
bloodletting, hundreds of people were murdered in a few
hours, most of them civilians. Estimates of the total number
range from two hundred to six hundred.
TAY VINH MASSACRE
This was a series of massacres conducted by the ROK Capital
Division of the South Korean Army between February 12 and
March 17, 1966. 1,200 unarmed locals in Bình An village,
today Tay Vinh village, were killed.
BLOODY GULCH MASSACRE
This massacre took place during the Korean War on August
12, 1950, in “Bloody Gulch,” west of Masan, South Korea.
Members of the North Korean People’s Army executed
seventy-five US Army prisoners of war during one of the
smaller engagements in the Battle of Pusan Perimeter.
Bersiap is the name given by the Dutch to a violent and
chaotic phase of the Indonesian National Revolution
following World War II. The Bersiap period lasted from
August 1945 to December 1946 and it is estimated that
nearly 25,000 Indo-European civilians, Dutch and loyalists
to the foreign authorities were killed by Indonesian
THE RHEINWIESENLAGER WAR CRIMES
The Rheinwiesenlager were transit camps for millions of
captured German soldiers after World War II. It is reported
that there were at least thousands and potentially tens
of thousands of deaths from torture, starvation and exposure.
MASSACRES OF TREUENBRIETZEN
Treuenbrietzen, a small town in southwest Brandenburg,
has existed since the Middle Ages but entered the
history books on April 21, 1945, when it fell to the Red
Army’s Ukrainian Front. During a typical victory celebration,
drunk Soviet soldiers kidnapped a number of German women
and raped them at Soviet headquarters, while all the
members of Hitler’s youth in the area were executed.
THE KATYN MASSACRE
The Katyn massacre was a series of mass executions of
Polish nationals carried out by the People’s Commissariat
for Internal Affairs (NKVD), the Soviet secret police, in April
and May 1940. Originally thought to have been committed
by the Nazis in 1941, Mikhail Gorbachev admitted in 1990
that it had been a Soviet operation. The number of
victims is estimated at about 22,000.
BANGKA ISLAND MASSACRE
The Bangka Island massacre was committed on February 16,
1942, when Imperial Japanese soldiers machine-gunned
twenty-two Australian Army nurses, with just one
survivor, Vivian Bullwinkel.