Pakan Baroe Death Railway


I have listed some of the books I have found and read about the Pekanbaru railway and Indonesia during the war; and some books about the Thai-Burma railway. If you know of any other books let me know, and I will add them to the list

If you would like more information on the books which are listed here, such as where to buy them, please leave me a message!


  • Traces of War: Survivors of the Burma and Sumatra Railways. Jan Banning (2005).

  • Prisoners in Java: Accounts by Allied Prisoners of War in the Far East (1942-1945) captured in Java. (2007).

  • Ambushed under the Southern Cross. Capt. George W. Duffy. (2008).

  • The Sumatra Railroad - Final Destination Pakan Baroe, 1943 - 1945. Henk Hovinga. (2010).

  • Prelude to the Monsoon. G.F. Jacobs. (1965).

  • Into the Sun. Claude Thompson. (1996).

  • Tragedi Pembangunan Rel Kereta Api. H.M. Syafei Abdullah. (2002).

  • P.O.W.: One girl's experience in a Japanese P.O.W. camp. Gerarda Bossard. (1999).

  • Songs of Survival, Women Interned. Helen Colijn. (1995).

  • Women Beyond the Wire: A story of prisoners of the Japanese 1942-1945. Lavinia Warner & John Sandilands. (1982).

  • White Coolies. Betty Jeffrey. (1954, 1968).

  • While History Passed. Jessie Simons. (1954).

  • Java Nightmare. Daphne Jackson. (1989).

  • Last Tenko. Michael Hardwick. (1984).

  • Defying the Odds: Surviving Sandakan and Kuching. Michele Cunningham. (2006).

  • No Turning Back. Graham Greenwood. (2005).

  • No Better Friend: One Man, One Dog, and Their Extraordinary Story of Courage and Survival in WWII. Robert Weintraub (2015).

Thai-Burma Railway
  • The Railway Man. Eric Lomax. (1995).

  • Surviving the Sword: Prisoners of the Japanese 1942-45. Brian MacArthur. (2005).

  • One Fourteenth of an Elephant. Ian Denys Peek. (2003).

  • Miracle on the River Kwai. Ernest Gordon. (1963).

  • Behind Bamboo. Rohan Rivett. (1946).

  • The Naked Island. Russell Braddon. (1955).

  • White Coolie. Ronald Hastain. (1947). 

  •  Death Railway. Clifford Kinvig. (1973).

  • The Missing Years. Stu Lloyd (2009).