Jonathon Dallimore: F Force on the Burma-Thailand Railway
The story of F Force on the Burma–Thailand Railway in 1943 is one of abject misery and horror. The experiences of these men in particular gave rise to the term ‘Railway of Death’ when referring to the Japanese-planned endeavour.
Misled by the Japanese with promises of more food and a model camp, the prospect of a move appealed to many, however there were many more who were sceptical of the Japanese and their ‘promises’.
A number of sick men were included in the force, as it was thought improved conditions would restore their health. The British in particular included more sick men as part of their contribution to the force.
Johnathon Dallimore describes the conditions and heightened rates of disease and death endured by the Australian and British prisoners of war as they were forced to work in conditions far beyond human endurance.
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