Burma Railway: British POW breaks silence over horrors - Telegraph

Burma Railway: British POW breaks silence over horrors

Map of the POW campsite locations along the Thai-Burma Railway from Non-Pladuk to Thanbyuzayat

Map of the POW campsite locations along the Thai-Burma Railway from Non-Pladuk to Thanbyuzayat

Burma Railway: British POW breaks silence over horrors - Telegraph

Burma Railway: British POW breaks silence over horrors

The Burma Railway, also known also as the Death Railway, the Thailand-Burma Railway and similar names, is a 415 km (258 mile) railway between Bangkok, Thailand and Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar), built by the Empire of Japan during World War II, to support its forces in the Burma campaign.Forced labour was used in its construction. About 200,000 Asian labourers and 60,000 Allied prisoners of war (POWs) worked on the railway. Of these, around 100,000 Asian labourers and 16,000 Allied POWs died…

The Burma Railway, also known also as the Death Railway, the Thailand-Burma Railway and similar names, is a 415 km (258 mile) railway between Bangkok, Thailand and Rangoon, Burma (now Myanmar), built by the Empire of Japan during World War II, to support its forces in the Burma campaign.Forced labour was used in its construction. About 200,000 Asian labourers and 60,000 Allied prisoners of war (POWs) worked on the railway. Of these, around 100,000 Asian labourers and 16,000 Allied POWs died…

Thai-Burma railway beside the River Kwai (Dreamstime)

Thai-Burma railway beside the River Kwai (Dreamstime)

On se rend à Kanchanuburi pour le fameux pont de la rivière Kwaï, rendu célèbre par le film du même nom. Mais qui connaît vraiment l'histoire de cette ville? Un peu d'histoire au Thaï-Burma Railway...

Voir le Pont de la rivière Kwaï : un peu d’histoire à Kanchanaburi

On se rend à Kanchanuburi pour le fameux pont de la rivière Kwaï, rendu célèbre par le film du même nom. Mais qui connaît vraiment l'histoire de cette ville? Un peu d'histoire au Thaï-Burma Railway...

It’s rare that something as seemingly-innocuous as a railway gets listed as a ‘war crime’, but the story of the Burma Railway is one of near-unimaginable brutality. Built by Japan in WWII, the railway utilised forced labour – encouraged by beatings, executions and deliberate starvation. Sprawling through the middle of dense jungle, spanning over rivers and ranging 258 miles, the line claimed the lives of 90,000 Asian captives and 16,000 Allied POWs.

World’s Most Dangerous Railways - For Those Who Built Them

It’s rare that something as seemingly-innocuous as a railway gets listed as a ‘war crime’, but the story of the Burma Railway is one of near-unimaginable brutality. Built by Japan in WWII, the railway utilised forced labour – encouraged by beatings, executions and deliberate starvation. Sprawling through the middle of dense jungle, spanning over rivers and ranging 258 miles, the line claimed the lives of 90,000 Asian captives and 16,000 Allied POWs.

Leo Rawlings, FEPOW artist. Inserting pylons for bridges on the Thailand-Burma Railway.

Leo Rawlings, FEPOW artist. Inserting pylons for bridges on the Thailand-Burma Railway.

Burma Railway: British POW breaks silence over horrors - Telegraph

Burma Railway: British POW breaks silence over horrors

Humbling war cemetery for river Kwai remembrance , khanchaburi.

Humbling war cemetery for river Kwai remembrance , khanchaburi.

Kanchanaburi Cemetary, Thailand.  This is a main WWII cemetary associated with the POWs who died at the hands of the Japanese during the construction of the Burma Railway.   Almost 7000 young men are buried here, mostly Australian, British and Dutch.  It's a very sad and moving place and I will never forget my visit there. This cemetary is very close to the "Bridge over the River Kwai".

Kanchanaburi Cemetary, Thailand. This is a main WWII cemetary associated with the POWs who died at the hands of the Japanese during the construction of the Burma Railway. Almost 7000 young men are buried here, mostly Australian, British and Dutch. It's a very sad and moving place and I will never forget my visit there. This cemetary is very close to the "Bridge over the River Kwai".

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