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Burma-Siam Railroad

Works: 391 works in 720 publications in 5 languages and 20,324 library holdings
Genres: History  Drama  Fiction  Biography  Film adaptations  Personal narratives‡vScottish  Personal narratives‡vBritish  Personal narratives‡vDutch  War stories  Personal narratives 
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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    The bridge on the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle( visu )
    34 editions published between 1957 and 2011 in English and held by 2,921 libraries worldwide
    British soldiers captured by the Japanese during World War II are forced to construct a strategic railroad bridge which a commando team is instructed by the British High Command to destroy
    The railway man : a POW's searing account of war, brutality and forgiveness by Eric Lomax( Book )
    16 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in English and French and held by 1,576 libraries worldwide
    Tells of a British soldier's ordeal as a prisoner of war and how he was able fifty years later to meet his torturer and offer forgiveness
    The bridge over the River Kwai by Pierre Boulle( Book )
    37 editions published between 1954 and 2007 in English and Turkish and held by 1,575 libraries worldwide
    1942: Boldly advancing through Asia, the Japanese need a train route from Burma going north. In a prison camp, British POWs are forced into labor. The bridge they build will become a symbol of service and survival to one prisoner, Colonel Nicholson, a proud perfectionist. Pitted against the warden, Colonel Saito, Nicholson will nevertheless, out of a distorted sense of duty, aid his enemy. While on the outside, as the Allies race to destroy the bridge, Nicholson must decide which will be the first casualty: his patriotism or his pride. -- Publisher description
    Through the valley of the Kwai by Ernest Gordon( Book )
    11 editions published between 1962 and 2002 in English and Japanese and held by 1,424 libraries worldwide
    Religious life of Allied prisoners of World War II, held by the Japanese in camps along the River Kwai, based on personal experiences of the author, a member of the British Army
    The railway man ( visu )
    6 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,125 libraries worldwide
    Based on an autobiography, this film tells the true story of Eric Lomax, a British Army officer who is captured by the Japanese during WWII and sent to a POW camp, where he is tortured and forced to work on the Thai-Burma Railway. Years later, and still suffering the psychological trauma of his wartime experiences, Lomax is persuaded by his wife Patti to find and confront one of his captors. Accompanied by his best friend, Lomax returns to the scene of his torture and manages to track down his captor, Japanese officer Takashi Nagase, from the prison camp, in an attempt to let go of a lifetime of bitterness and hate
    Building the death railway : the ordeal of American POWs in Burma, 1942-1945 ( Book )
    3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 942 libraries worldwide
    "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
    Hell under the rising sun : Texan POWs and the building of the Burma-Thailand death railway by Kelly E Crager( Book )
    4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 503 libraries worldwide
    Late in 1940, the young men of the 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery Regiment stepped off the trucks at Camp Bowie in Brownwood, Texas, ready to complete the training they would need for active duty in World War II. Many of them had grown up together in Jacksboro, Texas, and almost all of them were eager to face any challenge. Just over a year later, these carefree young Texans would be confronted by horrors they could never have imagined." "For more than three years, the Texans, along with the sailors and marines who survived the sinking of the USS Houston, were prisoners of the Imperial Japanese Army. Beginning in late 1942, these prisoners-of-war were shipped to Burma to accelerate completion of the Burma-Thailand railway. These men labored alongside other Allied prisoners and Asian conscript laborers to build more than 260 miles of railroad for their Japanese taskmasters. They suffered abscessed wounds, near-starvation, daily beatings, and debilitating disease. 89 of the original 534 Texans taken prisoner died in the infested, malarial jungles. The survivors received a hero's welcome from Gov. Coke Stevenson, who declared October 29, 1945 as "Lost Battalion Day" when they finally returned to Texas." "Kelly E. Crager consulted official documentary sources of the National Archives and the U.S. Army and mined the personal memoirs and oral history interviews of the "Lost Battalion" members themselves. He focuses on the treatment the men received in their captivity at the different camps they occupied, and surmises that a main factor in the battalion's comparatively high survival rate (84 percent of the 2nd Battalion) was the comradery of the Texans and their commitment to care for each other
    River Kwai railway : the story of the Burma-Siam Railroad by Clifford Kinvig( Book )
    4 editions published between 1992 and 2005 in English and held by 431 libraries worldwide
    Long way back to the River Kwai : memories of World War II by Loet Velmans( Book )
    7 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and Dutch and held by 419 libraries worldwide
    A searing memoir of World War II, this is the story of one man's survival of the brutal slave-labor conditions that inspired the classic book and film Bridge over the River Kwai. Loet Velmans was seventeen in 1940 when the Germans invaded his native Holland. He and his family immediately made a daring escape to London, just barely managing to board the only refugee boat to leave from their local harbor. Once in London, however, they decided to relocate to the Far East, further from Hitler's reach. Only dimly aware of the aggressive Japanese Pacific campaign, they sailed to the Dutch East Indies -- now Indonesia -- where Loet joined the army. In March 1942 the Japanese invaded the archipelago and conquered it in a week. Along with all local Dutch soldiers, Loet was sent to Changi, a prison in Singapore built for 600, but now housing 10,000. Despite dire shortages and overcrowding, Loet discovered a resourcefulness he hardly knew he possessed, acclimating to the harsh conditions and forming bonds of cooperation with British, American, Dutch, and Australian POWs, all trying to endure the increasingly cruel and inhuman behavior of their Japanese captors. Over the next three and a half years Loet and his fellow POWs were shipped "up country" to a series of slave labor camps, where they were forced to build a railroad through the dense jungle on the Burmese-Thailand border. The Japanese planned to use the railroad to invade and conquer India. Completely ignoring the Geneva Convention regulations for the treatment of POWs, the guards forced Loet and his fellow captives to build this "Railroad of Death," as it came to be called, in an unreasonable eighteen months, stretching some three hundred miles through impossible jungle. More than 200,000 POWs and slave laborers died over the course of the backbreaking work. Loet, though suffering from malaria, dysentery, malnutrition, and unspeakable mistreatment, never gave up hope, and ultimately survived to tell his tale. Almost sixty years later he returned to Thailand, to revisit the place where he should have died, and to walk across the ground where he had personally buried his closest friend. Out of that emotional visit came this gripping account of survival under appalling conditions, a book that will take its place as a classic beside The Diary of Anne Frank, Bridge over the River Kwai, and Edith's Story
    To end all wars by David Cunningham( visu )
    5 editions published between 2001 and 2010 in English and held by 387 libraries worldwide
    A war drama about a young Scottish soldier taken prisoner by the Japanese at the height of World War II
    Four thousand bowls of rice : a prisoner of war comes home by Linda Goetz Holmes( Book )
    6 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and held by 358 libraries worldwide
    Weary : the life of Sir Edward Dunlop by Sue Ebury( Book )
    6 editions published between 1994 and 2002 in English and held by 282 libraries worldwide
    The Colonel of Tamarkan : Philip Toosey and the bridge on the river Kwai by Julie Summers( Book )
    5 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 265 libraries worldwide
    Railway of hell by Reginald Burton( Book )
    6 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 264 libraries worldwide
    A young captain in the Royal Norfolk Regiment, Reggie Burton was wounded in the closing stages of the disastrous defense of Malaya and Singapore. He vividly, yet calmly and with great dignity, describes the horror of captivity at the hands of the Japanese. After initial confusion, the true nature of their captors emerged as, increasingly debilitated, the POWs were forced into backbreaking work. This was only a taste of what was to come. Following a horrific journey in overcrowded cattle trucks, Burton and his dwindling band of colleagues were put to work building the notorious Burma Railway. S
    The Burma-Siam railway : the secret diary of Dr Robert Hardie, 1942-45 by Robert Hardie( Book )
    5 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 258 libraries worldwide
    Spirit house by Mark Dapin( Book )
    8 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 251 libraries worldwide
    David is thirteen and confused. His mum has gone off with her lover and sent David to his grandparents to give her new relationship some 'space'. David's grandfather, Jimmy - a Jewish war veteran and survivor of the enforced labour on the Thai-Burma railway - is seventy. Haunted by the ghosts of long-dead comrades, the only person he can confide in is a thirteen-year-old from a different world. Funny, wise and deeply moving, Spirit House is a remarkable story of war and the fall of Singapore, of the bonds of friendship and the bonds of grief, and of
    The Burma-Thailand railway : memory and history ( Book )
    2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 228 libraries worldwide
    Secrets of our hearts by Sarah Harrison( Book )
    2 editions published between 1991 and 2011 in English and held by 203 libraries worldwide
    A life for every sleeper : a pictorial record of the Burma-Thailand railway by Hugh V Clarke( Book )
    4 editions published between 1986 and 1989 in English and held by 200 libraries worldwide
    En beretning - bl.a. ved hjælp af gamle fotografier - om hvordan japanerne under 2. verdenskrig ved hjælp af krigsfanger byggede jernbanen mellem Burma og Thailand - herunder også broen over floden Kwai
    Lost souls of the River Kwai by Mitch Peeke( Book )
    3 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 191 libraries worldwide
    A British soldier shares his graphic memories of hardships and horrors as a POW who did time as a slave laborer on the Burma Railway while being detained by the Japanese for three and a half years. Discusses how the nightmare of those events continues to affect his life long after the war
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Alternative Names
Burma Railway
Burma-Siam Railway
Burma-Thailand Railway
Death Railway
Thailand-Burma Railway
English (170)
Turkish (1)
Japanese (1)
Dutch (1)
French (1)
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