Title: A River Kwai Story – The Sonkrai Tribunal
Author: Rowland, Robin
Edition: 1st Edition
Publication Date: 2008
Cover: Soft Cover without Dust Jacket – 416 pages
Comments: In 1946 seven former guards from the infamous River Kwai camp were put on trial for their lives before a military tribunal in Singapore, charged with the deaths of more than 3000 Australian and British POWs. This is the story of that trial.
More prisoners of war died at Sonkrai than any other camp on the infamous River Kwai Railway. ‘F Force – seven thousand Australian and British POWs – 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 exposure to the never-ending monsoon rain. Why did so many die?
After the war, a military tribunal tried five Japanese and two Koreans for those deaths. The account of the trial 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 the testimony, verdict, and the surprise sentence, A River Kwai Story sheds new light on what really happened on the Railway of Death.
About Robin Rowland
Robin Rowland is the son of prisoner of war on the River Kwai who grew up listening to his father’s stories. A River Kwai Story is his fifth book. He works as a photo editor and producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and lives in Toronto.