Above: River Kwai Bridge
at Kanchanaburi, Thailand Today

Burma-Siam Death Railway, Bridge On The River Kwai


River Kwai Bridge 1945
River Kwai Bridge at Kanchanaburi - 1945, after Allied Bombing

In 1942-43, during World War 11, the imperial Japanese Army built a railway from Ban Pong, in Thailand, to Thanbyuzayat, in Burma. This railway, 415 kilometers long, and built through some of the most inhospitable disease ridden terrain in the world, it was to supply a large Japanese Army in Burma.

The railway was constructed using an absolute minimum of mechanical equipment and a maximum of human effort.

The project resulted in a huge loss of life of the Allied Prisoners of War (POWs) and Asian forced labourers that were used to construct it. An estimated 13,000 POWs and 80,000 Asian labourers died of disease, sickness, starvation and brutality at the hands of the Japanese Army.

It has been written that 'this railway was built at the cost of a life for every sleeper in its 415 Kilometer journey'. This page is only but a doorway to the survivors and nightmare of the infamous 'Death Railway' and the Bridge on The River Kwai.

Above: POWs at work in Hellfire Pass
(Konyu Cutting) Artists Impression

 

Above: POWs at a labour camp on the Railway


Above: Main War Grave Cemetary, Kanchanaburi

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