The Oscar winning movie Bridge Over the River Kwai dramatized to millions the building of the infamous Japanese Death Railway the supply line for Japan s planned invasion of India during World War II But the movie told only part of the story, giving the impression that all men working on the line were British In fact, 668 Americans serving on the USS Houston and with the Texas National Guard s Second Battalion worked alongside the other Allied troops in the jungle camps In Building the Death Railway , their story is told for the first time In 22 interviews with American survivors, we learn the details of their lengthy ordeal Disease, punishment, camaraderie, work conditions and attempts to escape are described by the men who were there The story begins with their capture and ends with their liberation 42 months later The Burma Thailand Death Railway was one of the most horrible sentences a prisoner of war could endure Thousands died in the jungles of Burma More than 130 Americans one man in five never returned home, victims of neglect, abuse, starvation and disease Building the Death Railway gives the American perspective on events that shocked the world....
|Title||:||Building the Death Railway: The Ordeal of American Pows in Burma, 1942-1945 (48)|
|Publisher||:||Rowman First Edition edition January 1, 1993|
|Number of Pages||:||328 pages|
|File Size||:||673 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Building the Death Railway: The Ordeal of American Pows in Burma, 1942-1945 (48) Reviews
This book is especially interesting if you want true knowledge of what happened to the men that were held captive 3 1/2 years by the Japanese. The horrific stories and the ability to survive is phenominal.
Having read a number of books (memoirs) of Japanese pow experiences, I found this one surprisingly unique. It documents the exact words of prisoners, as transcribed from their personal oral interviews. Indeed, the "author" notes that he did not write the book, but merely edited it.
A must read for anyone wanting to keep alive the sacrifices so many made for us at a time when democrats weren't cowards.
I was privileged to know, albeit briefly, one of the American men cited in this book -- a fellow Texan I am proud to say.