Far East Prisoners of War: Recommended Resources


Flanagan, Richard. The Narrow Road to the Deep North (fiction)

Gillies, Midge. The Barbed-Wire University: The Real Lives of Prisoners in the Second World War (history)

Gordon, Ernest. To End All Wars (alternate title: Through the Valley of the Kwai) (memoir)

Hornfischer, James D. Ship of Ghosts (history)

Kinvig, Clifford. River Kwai Railway (history)

Lomax, Eric. The Railway Man (memoir)

MacArthur, Brian. Surviving the Sword: Prisoners of the Japanese, 1942-45 (history)

Peek, Ian Denys. One-Fourteenth of an Elephant (memoir)

Searle, Ronald. To the Kwai–and Back (art/memoir)

Summers, Julie. The Colonel of Tamarkan: Philip Toosey and the Bridge on the River Kwai (biography)

Urquhart, Alistair. The Forgotten Highlander (memoir)

van der Post, Laurens. The Seed and the Sower (fiction)

Films, Fiction:

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)–view with caution!

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983)–heavily fictionalized story; outstanding film

The Railway Man (2013)–substantially based on memoir

To End All Wars (2001)–substantially based on memoir

Films, Documentary:

Building Burma’s Death Railway: Moving Half the Mountain (2014)

The Luckiest Man in World War II (2014)

Enemy, My Friend? (1995)

The True Story of the Bridge on the River Kwai (2001)

More related films on my IMDB list

Web Resources:

Burma-Thailand Railway Memorial Association

Captive Memories

COFEPOW (Children of Far East Prisoners of War)

FEPOW Community

Prisoners of War of the Japanese

Researching FEPOW History

Thai-Burma Railway Centre

The Thai-Burma Railway and Hellfire Pass