- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: AIAA (2 Mar. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1403932247
- ISBN-13: 978-1403932242
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,162,667 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Railwaymen in the War: Tales by Japanese Railway Soldiers in Burma: Tales by Japanese Railway Soldiers in Burma and Thailand 1941-47 Hardcover – 2 Mar 2005
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Their work on the Myitokyina line close to the battlefields on the India-Burma border,to keep trains running despite the persistent demolition of railway by British planes and guerrillas, are well described. And their retreat to Thailand fighting the hard rear guard action and trying to deceive the attack by planes.
The narratives are straight forward, often shocking and intensively moving. The full specification of the railway is useful as it has not been published alsewhere.
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After Japan surrendered in August 1945, two railway officers and 43 men from the prisoners camps were hanged, through military crimes courts. A prisoners camp commander wrote in his will (abstrated)
'Under these most adverse conditions, I proceeded to perform my duty with selfless devotion to my country, as well as doing my best to improve and rationalise the situation in the camp. It was not in my power to prevent many precious lives being lost during the construction work because of such adverse conditions.
However Heaven did not favor us and we were defeated, and I am now to fade away'
This book tells, vividly and for the first time in English, the personal accounts of these railwaymen throughout the war.
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