Building the Death Railway: The Ordeal of American Pows in Burma, 1942-1945 by Robert S. LaForteBuilding the Death Railway: The Ordeal of American Pows in Burma, 1942-1945 by Robert S. LaForte

Building the Death Railway: The Ordeal of American Pows in Burma, 1942-1945

byRobert S. LaForteEditorRonald E. Marcello

Hardcover | January 1, 1993

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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, 1942-1945Format:HardcoverDimensions:9.18 × 6.48 × 1.13 inPublished:January 1, 1993Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

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ISBN - 10:084202428X

ISBN - 13:9780842024280

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"Our camp was built in a mudhole. You're in mud and filth all the time, and in the jungle everything is decaying vegetation. So any scratch you'd get would become infected by nightfall". -Charley L. Pryor USMC, USS Houston. The Oscar-winning movie The Bridge on 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 only told us part of the story, giving the impression that all the men working on the line were British. Actually, 668 Americans-serving on the USS Houston and with the Texas National Guard's Second Battalion - worked along side the other Allied troops in the jungle camps. In Building The Death Railway their story is told for the first time. As only they can tell it. 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. Beginning with their capture and ending with their liberation 4