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Friends of Millbank: George Blair Memorial Lecture 2019

Event date
20 September 2019 (6.30pm)
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Friends of Millbank: George Blair Memorial Lecture 2019
Prof Michael W. Charney Historian at SOAS will present the background of the Japanese war which led to such atrocities as the Railway of Death.
This presentation will discuss the war in Burma broadly to put the Japanese invasion of Burma in 1942 into context.
It will then discuss a number of newly found sources on the war dealing with the military direction of transportation during the Japanese invasion.
  • How railway operations continued under attack,
  • Its role in moving out wounded to the north from whence they could be airlifted to India,
  • The impact on Indian transportation after the war as a result of the lessons learned in Burma.
The talk will also highlight the important role that new ways of thinking about logistics during the war were carried from Britain to parts of the empire, which made the success of the railways during the invasion possible

Picture: The old Rangoon railway station at Phayre Street (now Pansodan) c. 1930.

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