We are still in the Japanese Underground Hospital - see last post.
A rabbit warren of tunnels runs off the main tunnel, some now half caved-in and some filled with water. The injured soldiers were packed in bunks two and three levels high, with the soldier on the top bunk only centimeters from the roof of the tunnel. Imagine their fear, lying there in the dark as the bombs went off above them, the deafening noise as each explosion shook the very walls and ceiling of their tomb-like shelter .
Air vents snake out to the hillside allowing air but minimal light in. Bats, small birds and flying foxes now call the tunnels home and fly up and out when disturbed by your torch light. It is quite disconcerting when they fly over your head!!!
A huge store of ammunition found in one of the tunnels lies rusting in the damp.
Not a place you want to stay in for too long, so we all climbed up the long tunnel to the fresh air with renewed vigor.