Title: The Blue Haze – Incorporating the history of “A” Force Groups 3 & 5, Burma – Thai Railway, 1942 – 1943
Author: Hall, Leslie
Condition: Very Good
Edition: 2nd Edition
Publication Date: 1996
Cover: Soft Cover with Dust Jacket – 344 pages
Comments: The author’s account as an Australian prisoner of war (POW) of the Japanese during World War 2 on the Burma – Thai Railway.
The Burma Railway, also known as the Death Railway, the Thailand–Burma Railway and similar names, is a 415 kilometres (258 mi) railway between Bangkok, Thailand, and Rangoon, Burma (now Yangon, Myanmar), built by the Empire of Japan during World War II, to support its forces in the Burma campaign.
Forced labour was used in its construction. About 180,000 Asian labourers and 60,000 Allied prisoners of war (POWs) worked on the railway. Of these, around 90,000 Asian labourers (mainly romusha) and 16,000 Allied POWs died as a direct result of the project. The dead POWs included 6,318 British personnel, 2,815 Australians, 2,490 Dutch, about 356 Americans and a smaller number of Canadians and New Zealanders.
Includes a roll call and lists names of the Australian survivors of the sinking of the Rakuyo Maru by the USS Pampanito.