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Railway of Hell: A Japanese POW's Account of War, Capture and Forced Labour
 
 

Railway of Hell: A Japanese POW's Account of War, Capture and Forced Labour [Kindle Edition]

Reginald Burton (LtCol)
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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. Somehow he survived to tell this moving and shocking story.

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Having survived his ordeal, Reggie Burton served on in the Army until retiring. He now lives in Newton Abbott.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BOOK 2 Nov 2013
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AS WE ARE COMING AROUND AGAIN TO REMEMBERANCE SUNDAY I SUGGEST YOU READ THIS ACCOUNT OF HIS POW YEARS AND YOU WILL THEN SEE WHY ITS SO IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE MEMORIES ALIVE
THEY FOUGHT SO WE COULD BE FREE
EXCELLENT BOOK
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT BOOK 10 Feb 2014
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MY DAD WAS A PRISONER OF WAR ON THE RAILROAD AND ALL THE STORIES WRITTEN ARE TRUE - NO ONE THAT WAS NOT THERE COULD UNDERSTAND THE HORRORS AND BRUTALITY ENDURED - WELL WRITTEN FROM THE HEART
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 5 Jun 2014
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a much better story than the railway man. a really graphic account of hell on the burma railway at the hands of the japanese
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving and Insightful 23 April 2014
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As a person whose great uncle was in the same regiment and died at 23 during the building of the railway it has allowed me to get a better and more complete understanding of what Allied pow`s went through.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating insight 6 July 2014
By Jayne
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This is the first book I have ever read about a Japanese pow. It was a captivating read and I hav learnt a lot about this particular period of time. Many lessons can be learnt from this atrocity and I pray it never happens again. Thankyou to the author for sharing his experiance as well as his honesty.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Railway of Hell 18 Mar 2014
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This is an excellent book for anyone who likes true stories and mans ability to survive the horrors of captivity under brutal regimes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Andrew McCann TOP 500 REVIEWER
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It was interesting to note on reading this book that the author was obliged to omit much of the detail about the brutality experienced by Japanese POWs at the hands of their captors, in order to avoid offending the Japanese, when the book was first submitted to the British military establishment for clearance prior to publication in the 1960s.(The reasons for this are made abundantly clear in the text.)

A similar whitewash was evident in relation to the 1960s film of , 'The Bridge on the River Kwai,' based on Pierre Boulle's book, which did not truly represent the horrendous ordeal of those held in Japanese captivity, for similar reasons.

Having encountered various Japanese POW survivors during the course of a lifetime and gained some insight into their ordeal and the manner in which it imprinted itself on their later civilian lives, it is to Reginald Burton's credit that this book has now been published in its entirety and serves to provide a true and accurate perspective of what he and others like him went through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 7 Mar 2014
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How these men survived such brutal conditions is humbling.....I would love to know that the men who survived lived a long and happy life - they certainly deserve it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Written just after the Second World War I think, and the language is a bit archaic. Dont think the writer really went deep enough, but perhaps he was unable to. Read more
Published 8 hours ago by Jonel
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and detailed account of one man's incarceration in the Far...
This is a very good read giving a detailed account of the man's time in the Far East. Very readable from the outset it describes the time from before capture to liberation in... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars different aspect to captivity
We'll written book, first book I have read on Japanese captivity that mentions decent guards and reasonably humane treatment. Read more
Published 4 days ago by graham
4.0 out of 5 stars Told in a very easy to read style
A very moving account of life in unbelievably savage conditions. Told in a very easy to read style.
Published 5 days ago by Mr D C Lister
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful first hand but sadly no pictures in kindle edition
a wonderful first hand account told in a very matter of fact style ... sadly the pictures drawn at the time have been omitted from the kindle Elton
Published 9 days ago by NickNack
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hard Hitting Account.
This book brought home the truth about the fog of war. The utter confusion prior to capture and the immense cruelty afterwards. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Peter Warwick
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good read
Published 13 days ago by gwyn
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book.
What an excellent read. I'm approx. half way through. If time allowed, i would've read it in one sitting. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Sharon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
a good read
Published 15 days ago by dave.p
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
We must never forget what these men went through, forgivness, i wasn't there, so i cannot forgive, poor blokes who never came home, we should have fought in the streets and hoped... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Rab
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