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History Of The Railway And World War II

This is a list of World Wide Web links, organisation addresses and books and other useful information. If you would like your Web Page added to these listings, please e-mail us , marking your message "New Reference".

Australian War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Imperial War Museum

Malayan Volunteers Group

Netherlands War Graves Foundation


Burma Thailand Railway Memorial Association Inc

The Official 2/26 Battalion Website

The Albert Coates Memorial Trust

Far East Veterans Association

Center For Research, Allied POWS Under The Japanese

Han Samethini and Frank Samethini Story

Researching Fepow History

Taiwan POW Camps Memorial Society

Fepow Community

Far Eastern Heroes

Roll of Honour

Britain at War

Fepow Day 

Frank Larkin - Prisoner of War

Stichting Herdenking 15 Augustus 1945 (Foundation for Commemoration of 15th August 1945

2/2nd Pioneer Battalion Website

Recommended Reading

Of the many books covering this subject, those listed below are recommended as a good starting point.

War Diaries And Personal Accounts

Bamboo Doctor, Stanley S Pavillard, Macmillan & Co., London , UK , 1960.

An account of one man's fight against death and disease in the camps of the railway.

Into The Smother , Ray Parkin, Hogarth Press, London , UK , 1963.

A journal of the Thailand-Burma Railway by a survivor of the sinking of HMAS Perth.

Kura , Cornel Lumiere, Jacaranda Press, Brisbane , Australia , 1966.

A story of the hardships and suffering on the railway, by a Dutch interpreter.

Railroad Of Death , John Coast , The Aiglon Press Ltd., London , UK , 1946.

A British junior officer's account of working on the railway.

Slaves Of The Son Of Heaven , Roy H. Whitecross, Dymocks Book Arcade, Sydney , Australia , 1951.

A very descriptive account of experiences as a PoW in Burma , on the railway and in Japan .

The War Diaries of Weary Dunlop , E.E. Dunlop, Penguin Books, 1986. ISBN 0 14 012861.

The extensive war diaries of this legendary Australian surgeon of the railway.

The Will To Survive , Douglas McLaggan, Kangaroo Press, Kenthurst, NSW, Australia , 1995. ISBN 0 86417 706 2.

A story written from the diary of a young Australian private who was a member of 'F Force'.

PoW Art And Photography

A Life For Every Sleeper , Hugh Clarke, Allen & Unwin, Sydney , Australia , 1986. ISBN 0 04 909023 2.

A pictorial record of the Thailand-Burma Railway. Wartime and present.

Burma Railway Artist , Jack Chalker, Penguin Books, 1994. ISBN 0 67 090583 6.

The war drawings of a celebrated artist.

Changi Photographer , Tim Bowden, ABC Books, Sydney , Australia , 1984. ISBN 0 64 297559 0.

George Aspinall's photographic record of captivity.

The Burma-Siam Railway , Robert Hardie, Imperial War Museum , London UK , 1983. ISBN 0 901627 26 7

The secret diary of a PoW medical officer of the Federated Malay States Volunteer Force. Contains many illustrations and paintings.

To The Kwai And Back , Ronald Searle, Collins Publishers, London , UK , 1986. ISBN 0 87113 073 4.

The pictorial story of a British soldier's experiences of the war - mostly as a PoW.

General Reading

Prisoners Of The Japanese , Gavin Daws, William Morrow & Co., New York , USA , 1994. ISBN 0 688 1182 7.

Tells of the experiences of PoWs in the Pacific region.

River Kwai Railway , Clifford Kinvig, Brassey's, London , UK , 1992. ISBN 0 08 03744 5.

An excellent, comprehensive evaluation of the railway episode.

The Blue Haze , Lelsie G. Hall, self-published, 1995. ISBN 0 9588934 0 3.

Incorporating a history of 'A Force' - Groups 3 & 5, Thailand-Burma Railway.


Kanchanaburi Information

Tourism Authority Of Thailand

State Railway Of Thailand Timetable


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