Across the Three Pagodas Pass

Across the Three Pagodas Pass : The Story of the Thai-Burma Railway

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This is a translation of the only detailed account of the building of the notorious 262-mile long Thai-Burma railway by one of the Japanese professional engineers who was involved in its construction, thereby providing an invaluable new source of historical and technical reference to the large body of literature on this subject. Futamatsu's memoir also includes wide-ranging reflections on the course and conduct of "his" war as well as his engineering experiences.

The translator, Ewart Escritt, was a POW and worked on the railway. The introductory matter includes Escritt's detailed account of his own POW experience and reflections on the war. Many contemporary original drawings, maps, and photographs appear in the plate section.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 300 pages
  • 146 x 224 x 30mm | 500g
  • Renaissance Books
  • Folkestone, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 32 Halftones, black and white
  • 1898823073
  • 9781898823070
  • 1,188,092

About Yoshihiko Futamatsu

Peter N. Davies is Emeritus Professor of Economic History at Liverpool University. A former President of both the International Commission for Maritime History and of the International Maritime Economic History Association, he has also served as a Visiting Professor at Musashi University, Tokyo, and at Shudo University, Hiroshima. He is the author numerous books including The Trade Makers, ElderDempster in West Africa (1973), The Man Behind the Bridge: Colonel Toosey and the River Kwai (1991) and, most recently, The Business, Life and Letters of Frederick Cornes: Aspects of the Evolution of Commerce in Modern Japan, 1861-1910 (2008). The translator Ewart Escritt was a POW who worked on the Railway for several years. In the 1980s, through a series of coincidences, Peter N. Davies, a distinguished scholar at Liverpool University, wrote a biography of British POW Camp Commander Philip Toosey, under whom Escritt was to serve on different camp-sites. Colonel Toosey was the senior officer inaccurately portrayed by Alec Guinness in the film The Bridge on the River Kwai.
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