Hellfire Pass is a cutting through a hill in northern Kanchanaburi to allow a train line from Thailand into (then) Burma during World War 2. POWs and local labourers worked under atrocious condition with more than 100,000 of them dying during the process under enslavement by Japanese soldiers. Each year there is a Dawn Service hosted by the Australian Defence Force at Hellfire Pass to commemorate ANZAC Day.
Tim Newton reported from Hellfire Pass for this year’s ANZAC Day. Thanks to Richard Barrow for letting us use his photos of the Dawn Service.
Here’s another video which explains the history of the Burma Railway and ANZAC Day in a bit more detail…
The Hellfire Pass Interpretive Centre is funded by the Australian Government on land, loaned by HM the King of Thailand and managed by the Royal Thai Army and Australian Defence Force. Tim Newton Today is a daily take on Thai and regional news and issues of interest to expats and foreign tourists.