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A River Kwai Story – The Sonkrai Tribunal

By: Robin Rowland (431.1/35775)
Publisher: Allen & Unwin (ISBN:9781741144222)

More Prisoners of War died at Sonkrai than any other camp on the infamous River Kwai railway. ‘F Force’, comprising 7000 Australian and British prisoners of war, was sent by the Japanese to build the toughest section of the railway, in the mountains between Thailand and Burma. Three thousand died from slave labour, disease, starvation and e xposure to the never-endiong monsoon rain. Why did so many die?

After the war, a military tribunal tried five Japanese and two Koreans for those deaths. This account of the events leading up to the trail and the trial itself tells, for the first time, the story of F Force from all sides- Australian, British and Japanese-from the lowest private to the lieutenant colonels in command.

Along with eye-witness accounts, testimonies, the verdict and the surprise sentence. A River Kwai Story: The Sonkrai Tribunal sheds new light on what really happened on the ‘Railway of Death’.

December 2007


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