Kempeitai of WWII and the POW’s

We must never forget the suffering endured and sacrifices made by so many who served in so many fields of conflict throughout the world. Their names deserve to be carved into history.

Pacific Paratrooper

Kanchanaburi (Kanburi). Prisoners of war, in their quarters in an open-sided attap hut in the POW camp (commonly called Kanburi by the Australians). All seem aware that their photograph is being taken secretly, at risk to themselves and the photographer if film or camera were discovered by the Japanese. Many prisoners were brought here from Burma after the Burma-Thailand railway was completed.

The Kempeitai (憲兵隊, Kenpeitai, “Military Police Corps”), was the military police arm of the Imperial Japanese Army from 1881 to 1945.  It was not a conventional military police as we know them, but more of a secret police.  A member of the corps was called a kempei.

For prisoners of the Japanese life was never easy – even though conditions had eased somewhat for many men who had survived the building of the Burma Siam death railway.

Kanchanaburi in Thailand was regarded as one of the…

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2 comments on “Kempeitai of WWII and the POW’s

  1. GP Cox says:

    Thank you for giving the men a great intro for the article. So many stories we were never taught in school.


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