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The Men Of The Line : Stories Of The Thai-Burma Railway Survivors - Pattie Wright

The Men Of The Line

Stories Of The Thai-Burma Railway Survivors

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The extraordinary engineering feat of the Thai-Burma Railway, or the Line as it is often called, was built with a slave labour force. A mixture of Australian, Asian, British, Dutch and American men built 688 bridges – eight made of steel and concrete – viaducts, cuttings, embankments and kilometres and kilometres of railway track through thick malarial jungle. The men of the Line died of starvation, torture and disease at the hands of the Japanese Imperial Army – here are their stories.

Construction of the 415 kilometres of railway connecting Bampong in Thailand to Thanzanbuyat in Burma commenced in June 1942, finally joining up at Konkoita on 16 October 1943. An allied POW workforce of 61,700 men and an estimated native contingent of 250,00 workers worked on the Line and as was famously quoted by one of the Japanese commanders at the time, "many men must die" – and they did.

The Men of the Line traces the working camps along the Line and is a potent mix of personal experience, history and illustration. The Men of the Line brings to life the horror, the humour and the camaraderie of these men's lives.

About the Author

Pattie Wright has worked as a producer and director in the Australian film industry for most of her working life. Involvement in developing a feature film on the life of Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop began her interest in the history and men of the Thai-Burma Railway. Pattie is married with three teenage sons and a loud black kelpie.

Lest We Forget
Section Onep. 1
Nakom Patomp. 2
Ban Pongp. 6
Rukkep. 10
Tamuangp. 15
Kanchanaburip. 18
Kanchanaburi Number 4p. 21
Kanchanaburi Number 7 - Asian Labourp. 25
Tamarkanp. 28
Chungkaip. 34
Wan Yip. 39
Section Twop. 42
Tarsaup. 44
Tarsau Southp. 50
Tarsau Northp. 55
Tonchanp. 56
Tonchan Springp. 59
Tampip. 63
Section Threep. 68
Konyu Riverp. 70
Konyu 2p. 76
Konyu 3p. 82
Hintok Mountainp. 85
Hintok Roadp. 89
Hintok Riverp. 93
Kinsayokp. 97
Section Fourp. 100
Rin Tinp. 102
Kuip. 107
Hindato Hotspringsp. 109
Hindatop. 110
Linsonp. 113
Brencassop. 115
Ontep. 119
Banganp. 123
Section Fivep. 128
Tarkanoon Southp. 130
Tarkanoon Aussiep. 134
Namuchong Yaip. 139
Tamajaop. 142
Tamurang Paatp. 147
Krian Kraip. 150
Tamil Labour (250.19+ Kilo)p. 153
Konkoitap. 156
Upper Konkoitap. 161
Tiamontap. 165
Section Sixp. 170
Lower Niekep. 172
Niekep. 177
Upper Niekep. 181
Lower Songkuraip. 183
Songkuraip. 186
Upper Songkuraip. 194
116 Kilop. 201
Section Sevenp. 206
Changara (114 Kilo)p. 208
Auganang (105 Kilo)p. 211
Kyandrau (100 Kilo)p. 215
Candaw (95 Kilo)p. 219
Apalon (85 Kilo)p. 223
Aperon (80 Kilo)p. 226
Drivers Campp. 230
Section Eightp. 236
Meilo (75 Kilo)p. 238
Taunzan (60 Kilo)p. 243
Khon Khan (55 Kilo)p. 248
Tanbaya (50 Kilo)p. 253
Anarkwin (45 Kilo)p. 256
Beke Taung (40 Kilo)p. 258
Tanyin (35 Kilo)p. 260
Retpu (30 Kilo)p. 264
Kun Knit Kway (26 Kilo)p. 268
Alepauk (18 Kilo)p. 271
Select Bibliographyp. 288
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ISBN: 9780522854831
ISBN-10: 0522854834
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 301
Published: 1st April 2008
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 24.0  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 1.338
Edition Number: 1