Australia finds a WW2 ship – level 2

25-04-2023 15:00

Australia’s Defense Minister Richard Marles reported that Australia discovered the SS Montevideo Maru.

It was a Japanese ship which sank during World War Two with 864 Australian soldiers on board. The ship sank in the South China Sea northwest of Luzon Island, and it ended a sad part of Australian history. A US submarine torpedoed the ship in July 1942 while it was traveling from Papua New Guinea to China’s Hainan. Americans didn’t know that prisoners of war were on board.

Australian soldiers and a group of ocean scientists found the shipwreck more than 4,000 meters deep. Over 1,000 people, including prisoners of war and civilians from different countries, lost their lives in the incident.

Difficult words: torpedo (to attack a ship with an underwater rocket), prisoner of war (the person who falls into the hands of the enemy), shipwreck (a ship which sinks at sea).

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