Tha Dan, Tardan, Bridge Repairs - Thailand

Tha Dan, 
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Bridge Repairs  – Thailand (Tha Dan being the correct name)


Heading north out of Kanchanaburi there was a twisting jungle track to the river which was crossed by barge operating as a ferry.  The Japanese established a camp here so that a wooden bridge could be built across the Maekhlaung River further north near the village of Takatai.  BTRC (2022) have confirmed the majority of work forces used this route to access camps further north throughout 1942 and 1943.
The bridge was later washed away with rising monsoon waters and a POW party was despatched to repair the Tha Dan bridge (even though it did not replace the location of  barge crossing).  Once the road crosses Tha Dan Bridge over the river it heads north towards the village of Wanyai at 124.85 km point.
‘F’ Force used this track from Tamarkan during their march north.  Major Bert Saggers diary mentions the H6 Officer’s Party travelled by train in late May 1943.



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