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Building the Siam-Burma Railway During World War-II

T.R. Sareen (Author)
Synopsis No subject created so much controversy during and after the Pacific was as the Japanese treatment of the Allied Prisoners of War (P.O.W.) in flagrant violation of the Geneva Convention. Whether it was due to the racial war carried out by the Japanese or was the outcome of the mistaken value of "Bushido" the question has never been resolved. The harsh and brutal treatment of the P.O.W. was fully demonstrated, when the Japanese decided to utilize them for the construction of Siam-Burma railway. Driven like slaves and with semi-starvation diet, the Allied P.O.W. were left with no stamina to fight tropical diseases. As a result thousands of them died while working on Siam-Burma Railway, which came to be known as "Railroad of Death". A fictional account of the sufferings of the Allied P.O.W. was made famous by Hollywood few years back in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai. In this book the Author has reproduced the original reports to present the factual details. It is hoped that these reports will be useful for the students studying the Japanese policy during the Second World War.
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About the author

T.R. Sareen

Dr. T.R. Sareen retired as Director, Indian Council of Historical Research, was formerly Assitant Direcetor National Archives of India, was a Records Management Consultant with the Government of Kenya. Having traveled widely in India and abroad, Dr. Sareen has many published works to his credit, apart from a number of articles on Indian history and culture. His publications include. Indian Revolutionary and the Indian National Movement, Subhas Chandra Bose and Nazi Germany, Singapore Mutiny, Occupation of Andamans, 1942-45, and British Intervention in Transcaspian 1917-19. At present, he is working on the Project, Japanese Prisoners of War in India, 1942-46.

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Bibliographic information

Title Building the Siam-Burma Railway During World War-II
Author T.R. Sareen
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2005
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8178353490
length 346p., Tables; References; Figures; References; 23cm.
Subjects History