to perpetuate the memory and history of our dead

16b. Life on the TBR

It is almost impossible for us to imagine the level of deprivation and humiliation that these brave men underwent. I will simply display these photos without comment or captions.

Obviously, most of these were taken immediately post-war. Most are from the Australian War Museum on-line collection (open source). I believe that they are largely self explanatory.

Life improved considerably following the completion of the TBR in OCT 43, but the POWs had nearly another 2 years until liberation. Hence the number of theaters that were erected for entertainment. The following set are attributable to the Kanchanaburi area camps and Chung Kai:

Not for the faint of heart, below are photos documenting the POW’s medical condition at the time of liberation.

most of the above are not labeled as to precise location

During and after the war, POWs recorded their impressions and memories of their ordeal.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9684161/British-captains-secret-sketches-depict-plight-PoWs-forced-build-Burmas-death-railway.html?fbclid=IwAR1-r6PkJhxbY-G99vDnuAYAf4F2PQsWB0HZdsXZkD5a8F-wzA4Vr5Y4VdI

An overview of the horrors of POWs camps across Asia:

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