Death Railway Bridge

Construction of the railway began on 16 September 1942 at existing terminals in Thanbyuzayat (Myanmar) and Nong Pladuk (Thailand).Japanese engineers at the time estimated that it would take 5 years to link Thailand and Myanmar by rail. But the Japanese army forced the Prisoners of War (POWs) to complete the 415 Km. 1 M-gauge in 16 months.
Much of the railway was built in difficult terrain that required high bridges and deep mountain cutting it is estimated that 16,000 POWs died, and the figures for the laborers Mainly from Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Indonesia) are even worse. It is though that 90,000 to 100,000 coolies died. While they were forced to build the Railway.

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