Sequel to 'The Fall of Singapore'. The horrific story of the Australian prisoners of war who were forced by the Japanese to work on the notorious Burma railway during WWII. The 270-mile railway was completed by 1944 and had taken a terrible toll. More than 12,000 prisoners of war died, including 2,646 Australians.
The program traces events from the fall of Singapore in 1942, focusing on the men of the ill-fated 8th Division of the Australian Army and telling of their internment at Changi prison camp, the construction of the railway in Thailand, the eventual Japanese surrender and the release of the prisoners and the return of a few POWs to Changi after the war ended. Australian author Russell Braddon, then 21 years of age, was one of the prisoners and he describes his experiences in his best-selling book 'The Naked Island'.
For this program, he visits the former prison and many other sites, including the railway, for the first time since the war ended. He and a number of fellow ex-prisoners recall their ordeal including popular actor/comedian Slim De Grey. The program is illustrated with historical black and white film footage, photographs, paintings and sketches. The narrator is actor Phillip Hinton.
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