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PLAQUE NO. 85 ... THE BURMA-THAI RAILWAY 

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This plaque is located at footpath level at the right side of the memorial. The plaque is a modification of the six large plaques located in Thailand and is significant because Dunlop and the sculptor fabricated these plaques in 1992. The plaque attempts to interrelate the role that the medical officers of the Allied forces had in maintaining the lives of all P.O.W.'s. The annotated map of The Burma-Thailand Railway exhibits the major topographical and geographical features of the infamous railway.

Text on plaque

The Burma-Thai Railway was built by Allied Prisoners of War (POW) and impressed Asian labour between May 1942 and October 1943. This major engineering feat of World War II ran 415 km from Burma to Thailand, through steep, densely forested terrain. It provided a land route for the embattled Japanese forces fighting the Allies in Burma. Despite terrible loss of life, the POW constructed 14 km of bridges and displaced 7 million cubic metres of earth and rock, mostly by hand and with primitive tools.

A handful of Allied medical officers kept thousands alive despite endemic tropical diseases, starvation and calculated brutality by Korean and Japanese guards. The devotion of these doctors to the sick and dying will never be forgotten.

 



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