Death railway

Australia, 1979

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Episode of Series “Visions of War”.
World War II prisoners of war recall building the infamous narrow-gauge railway through the almost impenetrable, disease infested jungles between Rangoon and Bangkok. Over 116,000 Australians, British, and Dutch lost their lives. Was this infamous railway a military necessity or a monument to brutality? The survivors (including Sir Edward Dunlop) tell a story of courage and resourcefulness in the face of a hostile environment and a ruthless enemy. Rare archival film was used in the compiling of this documentary, including a Japanese propaganda film on the treatment of prisoners of war. Contains some scenes in b&w. Narrated by Gerard Kennedy.

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producer/director

David Bilcock

production company

Film Victoria

Duration

00:47:00:00

Production places
Australia
Production dates
1979

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Visions of War

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Visions of War

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