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Winner of the Albert Harris prize and a Gold Medal Torquay 2006 for Volume 3
The judges described the book as "An extremely fine piece of work"
A POSTAL HISTORY
OF THE PRISONERS OF WAR AND
CIVILIAN INTERNEES IN EAST ASIA
DURING WORLD WAR TWO

VOLUME 3

BURMA, THAILAND & INDO CHINA
1942-1946


THE RAILWAY, THE RIVER AND THE BRIDGE

By David Tett

Volume 3 won a Gold Medal at Canada's Seventh National Philatelic Literature Exhibition October 2005
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Awarded a Gold Medal at New Zealand National Literature Exhibition in 2007
Published January 2005
This book, published in January 2005, continues the series covering the postal history of the POWs and civilian internees in East Asia.



Volume 3 encompasses the story of the mails to and from Burma, Thailand and Indochina. The principal concentration of mail was to and from the Burma-Thailand railway. Dozens of examples of cards are illustrated from Burma and Thailand sent by British, Dutch, Australian and American POWs with all the varieties covered. Mail to these prisoners is profusely illustrated with detailed explanations of the censor marks directional marks, and other markings. Information never before published or even researched is included on the mails to and from the POWs in Indochina.


Mail from the Bangkok Internment camp, again never covered in detail is included. A whole chapter is devoted to the story of the civilian labourers and the postal workers transported to the railway to administer the mail service to these unfortunate souls. The work of the Dutch Post Office in Bangkok and the plight of the refugees from the Dutch East Indies are also extensively covered. Postal items to and from British, Dutch, Australian and American prisoners are illustrated. The hardback book, published by BFA Publishing, contains more than 400 illustrations, mostly in colour, and 380 pages.

Foreword by Terry Waite CBE
I am writing this foreword shortly after the sixtieth anniversary of D Day. Soon, all those who took part in World War Two will have departed this life. Their children who remain will be left with their memories and in turn they too will die. That is why it is so important that books such as this find their way into print. They provide an invaluable record of the days that we have indeed put behind us but that we cannot and should not forget.

The Far Eastern Prisoners of War suffered dreadfully in captivity. To say that their treatment was inhuman is to underestimate their experience. It was brutal in the extreme. To be a captive is bad enough but to be a captive under the conditions that these men endured is virtually unthinkable.

Reading some of the correspondence in this book brings back memories of the days I spent as a
captive in the Middle East in the 1980s. I spent almost five years as a hostage, four of which were spent in total solitary confinement. Throughout that time I was only allowed to write one letter and that was when I faced a mock execution. The letter was never delivered to my family and thankfully I was not executed! I did however receive one postcard during those years.

One day a guard came into my cell and handed me something. When he left the cell and I removed my blindfold I saw that he had given me a card portraying John Bunyan in prison. Bunyan was shown sitting at a table, wearing his own clothes, in his hand was a pen and he was gazing across at the town of Bedford. What a lucky fellow, I thought, as I was denied all that Bunyan had. I turned the card over and there was a simple message: "Do not give up – many people are thinking of you".
Many years later I met the writer of this card, Joy Brodier, a lady from Bedford who was totally unknown to me. Although thousands of people had written to me, hers was the only card to get through in the whole of the five years. After that experience I can really appreciate the importance of correspondence and I know what some of the cards reproduced in this book will have meant to those who received them.

David Tett has collected together a remarkable record; at times funny and at other times deeply sad. Thankfully World War Two is long in the past but we continue to remember with the hope, admittedly often a vain hope, that we might learn from those days and eventually live together in peace and harmony.

Terry Waite CBE July 2004

Praise for Volume Three:
"Oh my ears and whiskers, what a book… The area is difficult and complex and David has tackled even the least known parts of the story with skill and tenacity… Part of the problem is, this material is so rare it can take years to find, and David is to be congratulated on discovering so much of it to use as illustrations in his book… It is not a book just for reading through, but for referring to over and over again for years to come."
- John Garner in the Thai Times

"David Tett has, once again, set a new standard with the third volume of his series... he has taken his research to profound depths"
Tom Slemons in Japanese Philately October 2004
Contents
Page
Dedication
Foreword vii
Acknowledgements ix
Notes xi
Glossary and Abbreviations xiii
List of Principal Camps on the Burma-Thailand Railway xv
Introduction xxi
Chapters
1 War comes to the Region 1
2 Mail from the Prisoners of War in Burma 37
3 Mail from the Prisoners of War in Thailand 61
4 Mail to the Prisoners of War on the Burma-Thailand Railway 101
5 Mail to and from the Prisoners of War in Indochina 159
6 The Bren Gunner of the 5th Battalion Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment 179
7 The Royal Northumberland Fusilier 203
8 Mail from the Civilian Labourers on the Burma-Thailand Railway 221
9 Censors and Marks used in Burma, Thailand and Indochina 257
10 Some Went Home 273
11 Update to Volumes 1 and 2 317
 
Appendices
1 Movement of POWs to and from Burma, Thailand and Indochina 329
2 Cards sent from Burma POW Camps 332
3 Cards sent from Thailand and Indochina POW Camps 336
4 Mail addressed or forwarded to POWs in Burma, Thailand and Indochina 349
5 POW "Letter" Parties in Singapore and Malaya in 1945 364
Bibliography 366
Index 376


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