#TodayInHistory The 415 km long Burma-Thailand Railway is finally completed in 1943. Better known as the Death Railway, built by forced labor of around 250,000 Allied POWs, of whom 16,000 died during the construction.
The construction of the railway began in 1942 after the Japanese invasion of Burma. It was seen as an alternative to the existing supply route via sea, vulnerable to Allied attacks. 111 Km were in Burma and remaining 304 km in Thailand.
The line was built using forced labor, mostly Allied POWs, with very rudimentary equipment, under severe heat and humidity. Also 180,000 South East Asian labor, forcibly drafted to work on this railway, and living in terrible conditions.
Most of those working on the Railway died of tropical diseases like malaria, cholera, dysentery. Even worse off were the romusha or forced labor from South East Asia, who received no care, were treated worse than animals, around 300,000 of them are estimated to have died.
Currently the Death Railway exists only in Thailand, including that famous Bridge on the River Kwai, the Burmese section, falling into disrepair and neglect.
And yes David Lean's epic war drama, one of my all time favorite war movies, which dealt with the Death Railway.

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