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  • Manchester & Liverpool Section Meeting - Building and Operating the Thai Burma Railway During WWII
  • Richard Wells
  • Building and Operating the Thai Burma Railway During WWII (Les Fox, Atkins)

    One of the most extraordinary engineering achievements of World War 2 and arguably of any railway engineering project in recent times was the construction of the Thai – Burma Railway. Using shear manpower with just primitive tools and equipment, the 415 km long railway was constructed right through the monsoon season in the rugged, uninhabited and densely vegetated Thai Burma Jungle. This railway was constructed in an unbelievable 14 months through some of the most inhospitable terrain on earth, with a total disregard for human life and suffering. During construction there were an estimated 83,000 fatalities and many more serious injuries. An average of one death for every 7 sleepers laid along the entire route. In this month of November this talk is provided as an appropriate tribute to the workforce of 330,000 British, Australian, New Zealand, Dutch and American Prisoners of war and the conscripted labourers from all over Asia, including China, Burma, Thailand, Malaya and Singapore. Not forgetting the military engineers and soldiers from Japan and Korea, who were also conscripted to provide this asset for the benefit of the Japanese Empire.

    Meeting from 12:30 with light refreshments for a 13:00 start.

  • 21/11/2019 12:30
  • 21/11/2019 14:00
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, Room E0.05, John Dalton Building, Chester Street, Manchester, M1 5GD
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