to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead

0.1 Where to go from here

You have arrived at a website that tries to tell the story of the Thai-Burma Railway (TBR).

It began as an attempt to preserve the story of the 1000 US military men who became POWs in 1942. About 700 of them eventually worked on the TBR. Their story is told in detail in Sections 3-7 with rosters naming them in Section 28.

Section 8 is the longest and details the building of the TBR. Section 17 is its companion in photos. Section 8.20 is particularly useful in listing the camps along the route as well as the composition and dates of arrival of the various work groups.

Section 10 addresses the interaction between the Japanese military and the Thai government that gave them access to build the railway.

Sections 11 – 14 explore the current status of many of the points of interest related to the TBR. A particularly interesting but confusing story is related in sub-Section 14.3

Sections 16 – 18 are galleries of photos that define this story and help to bring it to life.

Section 20 addresses the plight of the Asian Forced Laborers who worked alongside the Allied POWs and had an even more horrendous experience overall.

Sections 24 and 25 enumerate the cost in human terms of this project.

Section 26 addresses the social sciences concerns about who and how to relate the TBR saga.

Section 27 tells the story of the crew of the HMAS PERTH who fought and died along with the men of the USS HOUSTON.

Section 29 provides recognition of those who have written accounts of portions of this saga and to the recognized dilemma of perpetuating it.

The other Sections are relatively self-explanatory and simply expand the basic story to deeper levels. Of interest to some may be the TIMELINE posted in Section 5.


I have come to referring to piecing together this complex saga as akin to a jig-saw puzzle where every piece when fitted properly makes the overall picture more complete. And like the interlocking nature of these puzzle pieces, portions of this story are deeply inter-related. I have often included references in the text directing the reader to other Sections of this narrative inter-connected to the one being read.