THE WAY AHEAD

All About History - - WORLD WAR II -

Although only around 112 kilo­me­tres of the so-called ‘Death Railway’ ac­tu­ally ran through Burma, it had a last­ing legacy on the re­gion. Ja­pan needed to ferry sup­plies be­tween oc­cu­pied Bangkok and Yangon

(once known as Ran­goon), but the ap­prox­i­mately 3,200-kilo­me­tre sea route was filled with en­emy ships and the moun­tain­ous re­gion sep­a­rat­ing Burma and Thai­land was thought to be too dan­ger­ous to build a railway, as steep drops and rapid rivers stood in the way. The pro­ject be­gan at Than­byuza­yat, con­nect­ing to an ex­ist­ing line.

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