Riding the Death Train

missmoneypenny

Monmouth, United Kingdom

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The Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, was a 415 kilometres (258 miles) railway between Bangkok, Thailand, and Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar), built by the Empire of Japan during World War II, to support its forces in the Burma campaign. Forced labour was used in its construction. About 180,000 Asian labourers and 60,000 Allied prisoners of war worked on the railway. Of these, around 90,000 Asian labourers and 16,000 Allied POWs from Britiain, Australia, The Netherlands, America, Canada and New Zealand died as a direct result of the project.

This shot was taken in Kanchanuburi, Thailand, with an Olympus X-42 point and shoot camera.

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