Throughout 1943, Allied prisoners, predominantly Australian, Dutch and British, are forced by the Japanese to construct a railway from Burma to Thailand.
In deplorable conditions the POWs work using only basic hand tools, carving the railway out of rock and dense jungle. It is deadly work, with disease, starvation and summary executions by the Japanese part of daily life.
By the time the railway is completed in October, more than 13,000 POWs have died, about 20% of the entire prisoner force employed in its construction.
About 75,000 Asian forced labourers have also died. More than 100 Japanese soldiers who oversaw construction of the railway will eventually be tried for war crimes.
Visit the Thai-Burma Railway on our Hellfire Pass Flexi Tour.