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Histories of the Thai–Burma railway

  • Beattie, Rod. The Death Railway: A Brief History of The Thailand–Burma Railway, Kanchanaburi, Thailand, TBRC Co., 2009.
  • Forbes, Cameron. Hellfire: The Story of Australia, Japan and the Prisoners of War, Sydney, Pan Macmillan, 2005.
  • Hearder, Rosalind. Keep the Men Alive: Australian POW doctors in Japanese captivity, Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 2009.
  • Kratoska, Paul H. (ed.). The Thailand‐Burma Railway, 1942-1946: Documents and selected writings, 6 vols, London, Routledge, 2006.
  • McCormack, Gavan and Nelson, Hank. The Burma‐Thailand Railway, Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 1993.
  • Nelson, Hank. Prisoners of War: Australians under Nippon, Sydney, ABC, 1985.
  • Sweeting, A.J. ‘Prisoners of the Japanese’ in Lionel Wigmore, The Japanese Thrust, vol. IV of Australia in the War of 1939–1945, series 1 (Army), Australian War Memorial, Canberra, 1968. Accessible online at

Personal accounts, memoirs and biographies

  • Arneil, Stan. Black Jack: The Life and Times of Brigadier Sir Frederick Galleghan, Melbourne, Macmillan, 1983.
  • Arneil, Stan. One Man’s War, Sydney, Alternative Publishing, 1980.
  • Bowden, Tim. Changi Photographer: George Aspinall’s Record of Captivity, Melbourne, ABC Enterprises and Sun Books, 1989.
  • Boyle, James. Railroad to Burma, Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 1990.
  • Braddon, Russell. The Naked Island, London, Werner Laurie, 1951 (many reprints subsequently).
  • Chalker, Jack. Burma Railway: Images of War, London, Mercer Books, 2007.
  • Clarke, Hugh V. A Life for Every Sleeper, Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 1986.
  • Clarke, Hugh V. Last Stop Nagasaki, Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 1984.
  • Clarke Hugh V. The Tub, Brisbane, Jacaranda Press, 1963.
  • Clarke, Hugh V. Twilight Liberation: Australians prisoners of war between Hiroshima and Home, Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 1985.
  • Clarke, Hugh V., and Burgess, Colin. Barbed Wire and Bamboo, Australian POWs in Europe, North Africa, Singapore, Thailand and Japan, Sydney, Allen & Unwin, 1992.
  • Dunlop, E. E. The War Diaries of Weary Dunlop: Java and the Burma–Thailand Railway 1942–1945, Melbourne, Thomas Nelson, 1986.
  • Ebury, Sue. Weary: The Life of Sir Edward Dunlop, Ringwood, Vic., Viking, 1994.
  • Hall, E.R. (Bon). The Burma–Thailand Railway of Death, Melbourne, Graphic Books, 1981.
  • Hall, Leslie G. The Blue Haze: POWs on the Burma Railway, Kenthurst, NSW, Kangaroo Press, 1996.
  • Jeffrey, Betty, White Coolies, Sydney, Angus & Robertson, 1956.
  • Kreeft, Otto. Burma Railway; A visual recollection, Museum Bronbeek, 1998 (first English edition 2004).
  • Lewis, Mary and State Library of Victoria. The Major Arthur Moon Collection: Watercolours and drawings by artists in P.O.W. camps on the Burma–Thai Railway 1944–45, Melbourne, 1995.
  • Lloyd, Stuart. The Missing Years: A POW's story from Changi to Hellfire Pass, 1942–45, Dural, NSW, Rosenberg Publishing, 2009.
  • Mills, Roy. Doctor’s Diary and Memoirs: Pond’s Party, F Force, Thai–Burma Railway, R.M. Mills, NSW, 1994.
  • Nelson, D. The Story of Changi, West Perth, Changi Publications Co., 1973.
  • Parkin, Ray. Into the Smother, Hogarth Press, London, 1963.
  • Parkin, Ray. The Sword and the Blossom, Hogarth Press, London, 1968.
  • Peek, Ian Denys. One Fourteenth of an Elephant: A Memoir of Life and Death on the Burma–Thailand Railway, Sydney, Pan Macmillan, 2003.
  • Poole, Philippa (ed.). Of Love and War: The letters and diaries of Captain Adrian Curlewis and his family 1939–45, Sydney, Lansdowne, 1982.
  • Richards, Rowley. A Doctor’s War, Sydney, Harper Collins, 2005.
  • Rivett, Rohan. Behind Bamboo: An Inside Story of Japanese Prison Camps, Sydney, Angus & Robertson, 1946 (many reprints subsequently).
  • Saggers, Ian and Saggers, A. E. To hell-fire, purgatory and back : An account of the battle exploits and prisoner-of-war experiences of Major A. E. Saggers, commanding officer 'A' Company, 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion and Special Reserve Battalion, A.I.F.: based on his secret diaries, Dalkeith, W.A., 2000.
  • Simons, Jessie. While History Passed: The story of the Australian nurses who were prisoners of the Japanese for three and a half years, Melbourne, William Heinemann, 1954.
  • Thailand–Burma Railway Centre Co. Ltd. After the Battle: Hintok — The drawings of John W. Wiseup, Kanchanaburi, 2002.
  • Venables, Max. From Wayville to Changi and beyond, Glenelg North, SA, 2002.
  • Whitecross, Roy H. Slaves of the Son of Heaven: The personal story of an Australian prisoner of the Japanese during the years, 1942–1945, Sydney, Dymock’s, 1953 (reprinted subsequently).

Unit histories

  • Burfitt, James, Against All Odds: The History of the 2/18th Battalion A. I. F., Frenchs Forest, NSW, 2/18 Battalion (A.I.F.) Association, 1991.
  • Christie, R. W. and Christie, Robert & 2/29 Battalion AIF Association. A History of the 2/29 Battalion, 8th Australian Division AIF, Malvern, Vic., 2/29 Battalion AIF Association, 1983.
  • Cody, Les. Ghosts in Khaki: The History of the 2/4th Machine Gun Battalion, Victoria Park, WA, Hesperian Press, 1997.
  • Ewen, Murray. Colour Patch: The men of the 2/4th Australian Machine Gun Battalion, 1940–1945, Victoria Park, WA, Hesperian Press, 2003.
  • Goodwin, B. Mates and Memories: Recollections of the 2/10th Field Regiment R. A.A., Rochedale, Boolarong Press, 1995.
  • Goodwin, Robert, Dixon, Jim and 2/10th Australian Field Regiment Association. Medicos and Memories: Further recollection of the 2/10th Field Regiment R.A.A., Rochedale, 2/10th Field Regiment Association, 2000.
  • Jacobs, J. W. and Bridgland, R. J. (eds). Through: The story of Signals 8 Australian Division and Signals A.I.F. Malaya, Sydney, 8 Division Signals Association, 1949.
  • Johnson, Carl and Jenkin, Owen. Carrying on under fire and in captivity: Stories from the 8th Division Australian Army Medical Corps under Malaya command, Blackburn, Vic., History House, 2009.
  • Magarry, W. R. The Battalion story: 2/26th Battalion, 8th Division, A.I.F., Jindalee, Qld, 1994.
  • Newton, R. W., McGuinness, Peter E. M. and 1/19 Battalion Royal New South Wales Regiment Association. The Grim Glory: The official history of 2/19 Battalion AIF, Sydney, 1/19 RNSWR Association, 2006.
  • Smith, Neil C. TID-APA, The History of the 4th Anti-Tank Regiment, Mostly Unsung Military History Research and Publications, Vic., 1992.
  • Wall, Don, Seale, Clem and 2/20 Battalion Association. Singapore & Beyond: The story of the men of the 2/20 Battalion told by the survivors, East Hills, NSW, 2/20 Battalion Association, 1985.
  • Whitelocke, Cliff, O'Brien, George and 2/15 Field Regiment Association. Gunners in the Jungle: A story of the 2/15 Field Regiment Royal Australian Artillery, 8 Division, Australian Imperial Force, Eastwood, NSW, 2/15 Field Regiment Association, 1983.

Australian War Memorial records

POW database

The AWM database can be searched for individual POWs at

Official records

Official Records of particular relevance are those held in Series AWM54. Records pertaining to the 8th Division while they were in captivity can be found in items numbered 554. Other highly relevant material includes transcripts of evidence from the War Crimes Trials, located in items numbered 1010/3 and affidavits and sworn statements by POWs, held in items numbered 1010/4/1 to 151.

Private records

The Australian War Memorial holds in excess of 120 private records created by POWs who were held captive on the Burma-Thailand railway. However, only a limited number of records relate to men who served on the Hellfire Pass section of the railway.

Photographs and art

A large collection of photographs depicting the Burma-Thailand railway are held by the Australian War Memorial. These can be located at:

Online records

Japanese accounts

  • Takashi, Nagase and Masaru, Watase, Crosses and Tigers, Nagase Takashi, 1990.
  • Tamayama, Kazuo and Nunneley, John, Tales by Japanese soldiers of the Burma Campaign 1942–1945, London, Sterling Publishing, 2000.
  • Tamayama, Kazuo, Railwaymen in the war: tales by Japanese railway soldiers in Burma and Thailand, 1941–1947, Hampshire, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

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