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Men Under Sentence In Lae Detention Barracks WALKED OUT UNOPPOSED Rec noon. MELBOURNE, this day. Soldiers undergoing sentences in detention barracks at Lae, New Guinea, made two escapes recently. Men in the second break-out stoned a party of soldiers who attempted to induce them to return to barracks. The escapes were revealed by the Army Public Relations Department, Svhich said the situation was now completely under control. The barracks had to be enlarged recently to hold servicemen under sentence, including some members of the Rcyal Navy. The escapes occurred before the barracks had been enlarged and when there were temporary arrangements. Guards were equipped with rifles but had no ammunition. The men under sentence banded together and walked out virtually unopposed. They broke into the quartermaster s store and stole revolvers and ammunition. Most of the revolvers have been recovered, but it is thought that 32 may have been concealed by the escapees.

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SOLDIER ESCAPEES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945

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SOLDIER ESCAPEES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 173, 24 July 1945

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