Posted on September 8, 2011 - by mira
In order to finish building the railway as fast as possible to supply their advancing army, the Japanese put to work hundreds of thousands of Asian workers and prisoners of war (POWs) that they’d captured from the allied forces – British, Australian, American and others. They worked long hours and were under-nourished, causing tens of thousands to perish by literally working to death.
In this photo, POWs cut through the rocks to create a pass for the railway, drilling through the rocks manually. At night, they worked in the light of torches which cast eerie shadows around them, giving the pass its name, Hellfire Pass.
See also: Thailand’s Death Railway Train
See also: Thailand’s Death Railway 2
Stay tuned this week for daily photos of the heartbreaking story of the Death Railway, Hellfire Pass, the Bridge over the River Kwai, and the fascinating Mon tribe dance and village.
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