Posts Tagged ‘Democratic Voice of Burma’

Revived Myanmar Stilwell Road connects China and India

September 16, 2011
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Source: Stilwell Road: Burma’s Stilwell Road Revive

It was a road some said couldn’t be built. Most of the men ordered to make it happen were African American soldiers sorted into Army units by the color of their skin.

As World War II raged, they labored day and night in the jungles of Burma, sometimes halfway up 10,000-foot mountains, drenched by 140 inches of rain in the five-month monsoon season. They spanned raging rivers and pushed through swamps thick with bloodsucking leeches and swarms of biting mites and mosquitoes that spread typhus and malaria.