7 January 1943

Last day for rice rations for Japanese defenders at Sanananda. Even their sick and wounded are left in the front line as they prepare for the final showdown. The swamps surrounding their jungle fortress are despoiled by the rotting bodies of their dead.

With morale collapsing, officers resort to summary execution for deserters. Nevertheless, a growing number of lower ranks are taking to the jungle and surrendering to Allied troops.